Fact Check: Joe Biden Tweet About Comment Regarding "Minorities Not Being Able To Use The Internet" Is NOT Real

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Joe Biden Tweet About Comment Regarding "Minorities Not Being Able To Use The Internet" Is NOT Real Fake Tweet

Did President Joe Biden send out a racist tweet regarding his comment about minorities not being able to use the internet ? No, that's not true: the viral screenshot of the supposed tweet is an obvious forgery containing way more characters than it is possible to have in a tweet and there is no online record in search engines of such a tweet. The false tweet appeared in the wake of real comments made by President Biden regarding the inability of some people in minority communities to get online to get in line for a Covid-19 vaccine.

An example of the fake tweet can be seen in this Facebook post (archived here) published on February 18, 2021. The text of the fake tweet read:

My comment regarding minorities not being able to use the internet was taken out of context. It's not they don't know how to use it it's just that they don't know any better. Those people don't know about computers because they lack the resources, education and their overall commitment in their communities. It's not that they're dumb its just they don't like to do anything. Hope this clears that up

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Feb 21 11:13:01 2021 UTC)

The tweet is fake: Lead Stories tried to enter the text of the fake tweet into the publishing dialog on Twitter and it is 123 characters over the 280 character limit imposed by Twitter:

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A Twitter search for tweets containing the phrase "comment regarding minorities" on the @JoeBiden Twitter account (archived here) does not return any results and neither does a search for 'site:twitter.com "comment regarding minorities" "@joebiden"' on Google:

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  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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