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- This image was doctored.
An image being shared on social media appears to show Vice President Kamala Harris and disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein uncomfortably close.
"Well, would you look at that, Jeffrey & Headboard Harris probably on their way to Pedo island?" reads a description of the image that shows the pair with their arms around each other and smiling for the camera. "I’ll bet she wouldn’t like that pic on Facebook."
Maybe not, but what you should know is that this picture isn’t authentic — it’s been altered to show Harris and Epstein together, and they weren’t.
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.)
A reverse image search of the altered photo shows that in the original, Harris is posing with her husband, Doug Emhoff.
The photo was taken by Jerod Harris, according to Getty Images, and shows the couple attending a dinner at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles in 2015.
The image of Epstein that was transplanted onto Emhoff’s head appears to be a mugshot taken in 2006 after Epstein was indicted on charges of soliciting a prostitute.
We rate claims that this picture is authentic Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, Jan. 19, 2022
Designerz Central, The Adorable Nickname That Doug Emhoff’s Children Gave To Kamala Harris, May 3, 2021
Slate, Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Arrested on Charges of Sex-Trafficking Minors, July 7, 2019
Getty Images, The Broad Museum Black Tie Inaugural Dinner, Sept. 17, 2015
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