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- This photo was fabricated.
An image of former President Donald Trump and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein seated on a couch with girls draped over them is raising hackles online, but a closer inspection of the picture reveals not everything is as it seems.
The late Epstein, for example, has no legs.
An Instagram post sharing the image 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.)
Aside from Epstein’s missing limbs, there are other clues this image isn’t authentic. Several hands appear malformed and arms are curled around Epstein’s shoulder where they shouldn’t be. An odd slash of flesh color appears where his shirt should be. Trump appears to have maybe six fingers on one hand.
Photos of Trump and Epstein do exist and have been widely published by news outlets. But we couldn’t find this image, or two others in the post appearing to show Trump with several blond girls, among any credible sources.
We rate claims that this is an authentic photo False.
- Instagram post, July 17, 2023
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