In reality, the blurry photographs in viral tweets came from an online video on the xHamster pornographic website. No members of the Biden family appeared in the clip or the pictures.
In July 2022, we looked into a rumor that involved Twitter users falsely claiming that still images captured from a video showed U.S. President Joe Biden naked, apparently engaging in some sort of sex trafficking or prostitution with a young girl. The tweets were posted in the aftermath of an unverified report that the iCloud account of Hunter Biden (Joe Biden's son) had been hacked and its contents distributed online.
According to the misleading tweets, the blurry pictures showed Joe Biden either "showering" with an underage girl or engaging in some sort of pedophilic sex act. At least one viral tweet claimed the girl in the images was Biden's own daughter Ashley. However, the truth was that neither person in the video was a member of the Biden family.
One tweet from @PartFuck displayed the pictures and said, "The President of the United States showered with his daughter and people on this app still blindly follow him." Another tweet from @Jordon2332 also showed the images and read, "Mainstream media isn’t talking about this so share this everywhere!"
A reply to one of these tweets revealed the true source of the pictures and the real reason why the "mainstream media isn't talking about this."
The images that conspiracy theorists claimed showed Biden naked with a young girl or his daughter were captured from an online video. The clip was hosted by the xHamster pornographic website under the name, "Old Daddy and His Thai Slave."
The images of the old man and young girl were posted on Twitter with the additional caption, "So now you know why they wanted to have the laptop disappear. Hunter's laptop. This guy looks familiar. Hmmmm."
The caption referenced a laptop and showed a blurry April 2022 date, which indicated that this was not a brand new rumor in July. Why were the images of the naked old man and young girl reposted in July? The answer was simple.
The tweets went viral and received thousands of engagements following the spread of a rumor in July that a 4chan user had allegedly hacked Hunter Biden's iCloud account. The purported hack supposedly made available around 450 GB of files from an iPhone and iPad associated with the president's son. The reference to a laptop referred to a previous set of claims about Hunter that we'd covered many times before.
Our original story laid out the rumors surrounding the alleged hacking of Hunter’s iCloud account. It was published one day before this fact check was written. At the time, we published the following advisory for readers:
At this stage, we advise readers to take individual rumors and memes that appear to be blooming out of this alleged hack with a grain of salt. This is not to say that this material should automatically be presumed to be false (or true). Rather, it’s simply the case that the 4chan message board has a long history of delivering up questionable content, none of this material has yet been verified as authentic, and partisans on both sides of the political divide are likely to try to recast it to their advantage.
We previously debunked other claims that surfaced in the aftermath of the news that Hunter Biden's iCloud account had allegedly been compromised. One rumor was about former first lady Melania Trump and the other one involved a picture of underage girls.
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