US President Joe Biden speaks on racial equity before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 26, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Fake Twitter account for US President Biden shares post praising Indian Prime Minister Modi

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Shortly after US President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021, an image surfaced online that purported to show a tweet from him thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and referring to him as a “world leader”. The claim is false; the tweet was published on an imposter account that has since been suspended.

The image was published on Facebook here on January 22, 2021.

The purported tweet reads: “Thank you World leader Mr. Prime Minister @narendramodi”.

It appeared to be in response to a genuine tweet from Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Biden on his inauguration as 46th president of the United States.

The Facebook post’s Kannada-language caption translates to English as: “World leader Modi.”

The image of the purported tweet was also published on Facebook here and here and on Twitter here and here.

The claim, however, is false.

The tweet was posted on a fake Twitter account with the handle @JoeBidenPresid. 

Biden’s official Twitter handle is @JoeBiden and his official White House handle is @POTUS.

The @JoeBidenPresid account has since been suspended by Twitter.

Furthermore, a search of Biden’s official accounts found no tweet thanking Modi.

AFP has debunked various hoax tweets purportedly sent by Biden's predecessor Donald Trump, including here and here.