Fact Check: Picture Does NOT Show Biden Wearing A Diaper -- It's Been Edited

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Picture Does NOT Show Biden Wearing A Diaper -- It's Been Edited Altered

Does a photo circulating on social media show President Joe Biden wearing a diaper? No, that's not true: The image in this post has been digitally altered.

The claim appeared in a post on Instagram on June 1, 2023. It contained a picture of Biden recovering from a fall and wearing a diaper. The caption opened:




#meme #memes😂 #memes#memesdaily #memepage#memeaccount #memer #memedaily#joebiden #joe #memesfordays #bidenfall #biden

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

altered joe biden diaper post image.png

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thur June 22 16:48:12 2023 UTC)

The post is on the account of a social media user who is self-described as a "digital creator" and "meme creator," who purportedly posts or creates "original content." Most posts on this account features a photo or video meme involving Biden.

A Google Lens reverse image search revealed that the photo in the post had been digitally edited. The original image is on the Getty Images website for public viewing. Its caption reads:

TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden is helped up after falling during the graduation ceremony at the United States Air Force Academy, just north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, on June 1, 2023. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The incident can also be seen in this June 1, 2023, YouTube video titled, "US President Biden trips and falls over at graduation event - BBC News," on the verified channel of BBC News. Biden is seen recovering from the fall and there is no large diaper visible.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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