Fact Check: This Picture Shows The 2017 Women's March In Washington D.C.

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: This Picture Shows The 2017 Women's March In Washington D.C. Women's March

Does this picture show the 2017 Women's March? Yes, that is true. The picture was taken during the demonstration on January 21, 2017 in Washington D.C., the day after President Trump's inauguration. Since then the photo has been shared by various people without context or sometimes implying it was a picture of the November 14, 2020 Washington D.C. protests in favor of President Donald Trump.

An example of the picture being published without context can be seen in this post (archived here) by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar shortly after the November 14 protest.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Nov 15 14:18:35 2020 UTC)

Here is video taken of the same scene at the time :

Updates:

  • 2020-11-15T19:04:33Z 2020-11-15T19:04:33Z
    Fixed typo in the first paragraph that showed the year as 2020 instead of 2017.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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