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The image was digitally altered. The original photograph was taken in Alaska in 2015 and shows that the sign’s number is 1961, not 420.
If you weren’t aware, April 20 is the unofficial-official holiday for marijuana and its fans.
And for years, every time the date rolls around a photo of former President Barack Obama appearing to pose next to a "420" sign pops up online.
"Happy 420 from the greatest president Ever!" wrote one Facebook user who shared the image.
But it’s not authentic. The sign was digitally altered to include 420.
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.)
A reverse image search shows the original photograph was captured in Alaska, near Exit Glacier. It was posted on the Obama White House Instagram page on Sept. 2, 2015.
The area’s signs show how much the glacier has receded over time, with each marker representing its boundary throughout history. Obama is seen standing next to a sign with "1961" on it.
The caption reads: "The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day. It's never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge. -bo"
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