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- This video doesn’t show President Joe Biden.
A video circulating social media is wrongly being characterized as showing President Joe Biden falling down a set of airplane stairs in Europe.
"US President Joe Biden fell on the plane stairs shortly after landing in Poland after visiting Ukraine and talking about having suffered a stroke," read the text above a Nov. 15 Instagram post’s video.
The video shows someone apparently slipping and sliding down the stairs.
This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
This claim is an old one, first appearing online in February, when Biden visited Poland.
We don’t know who the person in the video is, but it’s not Biden. News footage of Biden arriving in Poland shows him descending the stairs without incident. He first appears at the 6:15 mark of this livestream posted on Facebook by ABC News.
A White House spokesperson told Newsweek in February that the person who fell wasn’t Biden.
We rate claims that this video shows Biden False.
Instagram post, Nov. 15, 2023
Facebook post, Feb. 20, 2021
The White House, Remarks by President Biden Ahead of the One-Year Anniversary of Russia’s Brutal and Unprovoked Invasion of Ukraine, Feb. 21, 2023
The Associated Press, Biden arrives in Warsaw after Ukrainian visit, Feb. 20, 2023
Newsweek, Did Biden Fall Down the Stairs of Air Force One? Video Sparks Speculation, Feb. 21, 2023
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