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US Fact check: McDonald's US flags have not been removed for BLM and antifa

03:40  24 september  2020
03:40  24 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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McDonald ’ s USA told Reuters: “ McDonald ’ s unequivocally stands behind the need for equality and social justice, and these rumors are not true.” McDonald ’ s confirmed to Reuters that it has not removed U . S . flags to show support for Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

McDonald ’ s USA told Reuters: “ McDonald ’ s unequivocally stands behind the need for equality and McDonald ’ s confirmed to Reuters that it has not removed U . S . flags to show support for Antifa This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact checking

a sign on the side of a building: Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a flag flies at half staff on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in front of a McDonald's restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. McDonald's has been falsely accused of removing U.S. flags in support of Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. [Mark Harper/USA TODAY Network] © Mark Harper/USA TODAY Network Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a flag flies at half staff on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in front of a McDonald's restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. McDonald's has been falsely accused of removing U.S. flags in support of Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement. [Mark Harper/USA TODAY Network]

The claim: McDonald's has a nationwide edict related to flags and Black Lives Matter

A Facebook post from Sept. 17 calls for a boycott of the world's largest restaurant chain.

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Did McDonald ' s remove American flags in support of Antifa and Black Lives Matter? We reached out to McDonald ' s for comment. The company sent a statement, which read: McDonald ' s unequivocally stands behind the need for equality and social justice, and these rumors are not true.

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"McDonald's removes their American flags in support of Antifa & BLM nationwide," it reads. The post generated 5,100 shares and such comments as: "They are showing their colors!" and "Mcdonalds is goin down!"

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The post mimics a Twitter post from Sept. 15, making the same claim. It had nearly 7,000 retweets and 6,000 likes. In one retweet, a Twitter user wrote: "Done with them. America made McDonald', and we will un-make them."

The person or persons behind the Facebook post and tweet have not responded to a request for comment.

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'They were one of us'

Following the death of George Floyd, McDonald's – as did many companies – issued a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, the movement with a mission to "eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes."

The McDonald's tribute names George Floyd, Botham Jean, Michael Brown and other unarmed Black men and women who have been killed, and continues, in part:

"We see them in our customers.

We see them in our crew members.

We see them in our franchisees.

"And this is why the entire McDonald’s family grieves.

It’s why we stand for them and any other

victims of systemic oppression and violence."

McDonald's announced a donation to the National Urban League and the NAACP, and closed the message by stating: "Black lives matter."

The McDonald's message says nothing about antifa, a loosely linked group of anti-fascist activists who monitor white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Antifa and Black Lives Matter are two separate movements that sometimes are conflated by opponents on the right.

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PolitiFact is a fact - checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter. In the original cover, Trump is wearing a suit. One post sharing this altered cover was flagged as “ McDonald ’ s removes their American flags in support of Antifa & BLM nationwide.”

PolitiFact is a fact - checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its If Your Time is short. There’s no evidence that this social media challenge is connected to the IRS or pedophiles. “ McDonald ’ s removes their American flags in support of Antifa & BLM nationwide.”

Not all McDonald's have flags. But on Monday, a reporter found one in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, flying the U.S. flag at half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday.

In an email to the USA TODAY Network, McDonald's USA responded: "McDonald's unequivocally stands behind the need for equality and social justice, and these rumors are not true."

Our rating: False

We rate this claim as FALSE, based on the company's statement and our research. There has been no nationwide removal of U.S. flags at McDonald's restaurants.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Ad Age, June 4, McDonald's issues a silent video statement in tribute to George Floyd and others
  • Associated Press, Sept. 17, McDonald's restaurants didn't remove American flags nationwide
  • McDonald's, June 3, They Were One of Us
  • PolitiFact, Sept. 17, No, McDonald's didn't remove American flags support Antifa and Black Lives Matter
  • Reuters, Sept. 21, Fact check: McDonald's has not removed its U.S. flags to show support of Antifa or Black Lives Matter
  • USA TODAY, June 2, What is antifa and what does the movement want

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