Altered Photo of Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Disseminated on Facebook

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On July 19th, Facebook user Milan Mijailovic published a photo of the US president – Joe Biden and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia – Mohammed bin Salman in the Russian-language group Русскоязычная Украина “Восток”. In the photo, the Prince of Saudi Arabia responds to Biden’s greeting with an obscene gesture.

The disseminated photo is altered manually using a software. The original photo was taken by the Reuters news agency during Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia, and it clearly shows Prince Mohammad responding to the American president’s greeting with a fist bump.

On July 15th, US President Joe Biden arrived in Saudi Arabia on an official visit. Biden met with the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud and discussed the security of the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, Biden touched upon the topic of the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and told Muhammad bin Salman that he holds the Saudi authorities and the heir to the throne responsible for the murder. Notably, Muhammad bin Salman denies all the accusations.

Photo and video materials of the meeting were distributed by various media outlets. The original version of the photo, which was distributed on the social network in a software-edited form, belongs to the news agency – Reuters. The photo shows clearly that the Prince of Saudi Arabia responds to the greeting of the American President with a fist bump.

Source: reuters.comThis is Joe Biden’s first official visit to the Middle East as US President.

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Topic: Politics
Country: Saudi Arabia
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