Doctored photo falsely purports to show President Biden surrounded by scores of executive orders

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A photo purportedly showing US President Joe Biden surrounded by huge piles of executive orders has been shared repeatedly on Facebook and in South Korean online forums. The image, however, has been doctored: the original photo shows Biden sitting in the Oval Office on January 20, 2021 with a much smaller pile of executive orders to be signed.

The image was published here on FM Korea, one of the largest online forums in South Korea.

Screenshot of the misleading post on FM Korea, taken on February 15, 2021.

“The latest news from the USA. Biden is working really hard,” the Korean-language caption reads.

“Why doesn't the US introduce the electronic system for that?” one forum user commented.

Another forum user wrote: “What about an assistant…”

The image was also shared alongside a similar claim on Facebook here, here, here; on South Korean online forum DC Inside here.

The image, however, has been doctored. 

A reverse image search on Google found the original photo was published by The New York Times here on January 20, 2021, the same day as Biden’s inauguration.

The photo shows a smaller pile of executive orders on his desk.

The original photo is captioned: “President Biden signed executive orders during his first few minutes in the Oval Office on Wednesday.”

Screenshot comparison between the photo in the misleading post (L) and the original photo (R).

According to the Federal Register’s Executive Order Disposition Tables here, Biden signed a total of nine executive orders on January 20, 2021.