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- This claim originated in a self-described satirical post.
That’s the word on social media. Still, don’t believe everything you read there.
"Rand Paul’s medical license was just revoked!" one post said. Another claimed that the American Medical Association "revoked the ophthalmologist's ability due to ‘ethical concerns’ and Paul’s ‘blatant disregard for the Hippocratic Oath.’"
These posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
That’s because this claim originated on a satirical section of a website called Patheos.
The text about Paul losing his license due to "ethical concerns" comes straight from an Aug. 10 post on Patheos tagged as satire.
But that context is missing in the posts that are being shared on social media.
According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Paul is an active, licensed physician.
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Facebook post, Aug. 11, 2021
Instagram post, Aug. 11, 2021
The New York Times, YouTube suspends Rand Paul for a week over a video disputing the effectiveness of masks, Aug. 11, 2021
PolitiFact, Mask skeptics ask questions. PolitiFact answers, March 16, 2021
Patheos, Senator Rand Paul’s medical license revoked, Aug. 10, 2021
Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Rand Paul, visited Aug. 13, 2021
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