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- There is no evidence that Hunter Biden died after an overdose. The claim originated on a fringe internet platform that’s a known source of disinformation.
With one week until Election Day, fringe internet platforms are spreading disinformation about Joe Biden’s son.
An Oct. 25 Facebook post says Hunter Biden died after an overdose on crack cocaine. As evidence, the user cites a post on a fringe internet platform where users can post anonymously.
"Someone posted on 8Kun that Hunter died of a crack overdose and Joe already on way to hospital," the Facebook post says. "I can’t verify (this) but (a) crack (overdose) sounds like BS or code. We know something like this will be going down just don’t know when."
The 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.) We found dozens of similar posts on Facebook and Instagram using CrowdTangle, a social media insights tool, as well as on TikTok.
There is no evidence to support the claim that Hunter Biden has died after an overdose. No news organizations, including celebrity gossip outlets like TMZ, have reported that Hunter Biden overdosed.
The rumor originated on internet platforms known to spread disinformation.
Several Facebook and Instagram posts claiming Hunter Biden died cite a thread on 4chan, another forum that’s similar to 8kun. The thread, posted by an anonymous user with an avatar of a frog in a robe, says Hunter Biden overdosed Oct. 25.
"Joe is already on his way to the hospital," the thread claims.
The 4chan thread and related Facebook posts are part of a conspiracy theory involving Hunter Biden’s purported laptop, which the New York Post reported earlier this month was left at a Delaware computer repair shop.
The theory goes like this: A laptop belonging to Hunter Biden contains illicit images of minors, which the FBI is investigating. In order to hide the evidence, someone will kill Hunter Biden and make it look like an accident. That playbook is similar to what happened to Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender who died in jail in August 2019.
What’s true is that Hunter Biden has struggled with drug addiction in the past, something that his father has addressed on the campaign trail.
"My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem," Biden said during the first presidential debate in September. "He's overtaken it, he's fixed it, he's worked on it, and I'm proud of him."
We reached out to the Biden campaign for a comment, but we haven’t heard back.
The Facebook post is inaccurate. We rate it False.
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CrowdTangle, accessed Oct. 27, 2020
Facebook post, Oct. 25, 2020
Facebook post, Oct. 26, 2020
Instagram post, Oct. 26, 2020
NPR, "Experts Say Attack On Hunter Biden's Addiction Deepens Stigma For Millions," Oct. 16, 2020
PolitiFact, "Explaining the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theories linked to Trump, Clinton," Aug. 13, 2019
PolitiFact, "Fact-checking unproven claims about Hunter Biden and child pornography," Oct. 20, 2020
PolitiFact, "In Context: Did Joe Biden confuse Donald Trump with George W. Bush?" Oct. 26, 2020
Storyful, "What is 8chan and Why Was it Banned?" Nov. 12, 2019
The Washington Post, "Trump rallies supporters in N.H.; Biden holds virtual ‘I Will Vote’ concert," Oct. 25, 2020
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