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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 30, 2020

Photo shows Biden kneeling to talk to a child, not because he saw an American flag

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  • Joe Biden has kneeled to show solidarity with activists, but this photo shows him crouching down to talk with a child. 

In June, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, posed for a photo with activists and took a knee, a symbol of support for demonstrators protesting police brutality. 

But an image of the former vice president kneeling that’s circulating on Facebook does not show this moment. 

"Joe Biden takes a knee after spotting an American flag near his childhood home in Pennsylvania," reads the description above a photo of Biden kneeling in the middle of a street. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

The image does show Biden in Scranton, Penn., but he’s kneeling to talk with a child during a visit to his childhood home in July, according to the caption for the photo, which was taken by AP photographer Matt Slocum.

We rate this post False.  


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