Did Snopes Conduct A Fact-check On Hunter Biden Crack Video?
Recently a viral Facebook post has been making the rounds, claiming that fact-checking website Snopes.com has published an article regarding a pornographic video featuring Hunter Biden, son of Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden. The post was made by the Facebook page for “Iraqveteran8888” and has over 600 shares currently and contains a screenshot of the article in question. The article is supposedly written by David Mikkelson and published on October 23, 2020.
The article states in the What’s True section that the man in the video is Hunter Biden and that he is seen smoking crack while receiving stimulation. However, the article then rates the claim as mostly false, stating that “We consulted with several crack addicts who said the amount of crack Biden was smoking was 'typical' and not 'copious'. Additionally, we at Snopes do not believe there is such a thing as 'deviant' sexual behavior, therefore we rate this claim as mostly false.”
However, the screenshot is fabricated as Snopes has not published any such article regarding a pornographic video involving Hunter Biden on their website. Leadstories.com investigated the claim and confirmed it as such. David Mikkelson, founder and executive editor at Snopes, stated that “No. We did not run any such article.”
This is not the first time that a hoax involving a fake Snopes article has gone viral. Snopes recently reported on a smear campaign titled “Operation Snopes-Piercer” which aimed to discredit the site’s authenticity. The campaign consisted of posting similar fake fact-checks, such as this one which showed Hunter Biden sleeping with a crack pipe and was later debunked by Leadstories. The fake articles are meant to discourage internet users regarding the validity of Snopes’ genuine fact-checks.