Viral image
Says a photo shows Bill Clinton and Christine Blasey Ford posing for a camera and smiling together.

Viral image on Monday, October 8th, 2018 in a post on Facebook

Pants on Fire!

No, image doesn't show Bill Clinton and Christine Blasey Ford posing together

A photo getting wide distribution on Facebook purports to show former President Bill Clinton with his arm around Christine Blasey Ford.

It’s doesn’t.

Ford testified before Congress about her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Ford has been the subject of numerous viral social media posts that falsely suggest she is associated with prominent Democrats.

This particular photo 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.)

The words "WELL WELL WELL," are written across the top of the image. The sharer notes that the picture "keeps disappearing from my timeline" and encourages others to take their own photos of the image and share it -- which appears to be exactly what happened in the post that, when we reviewed it, had generated nearly 362,000 shares.

In reality, the image is a photo of Clinton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Gillibrand tweeted the picture from her official Twitter account on July 25, 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

We rate this viral post Pants on Fire!

 
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