This picture doesn’t show a woman making an offensive gesture at Jeremy Corbyn

Published: 26th Apr 2019

In brief


An image shows a woman making an offensive gesture to Jeremy Corbyn.


The image has been edited, the original shows the woman not being hostile.

An image on Facebook appearing to show a woman making a “V sign” at Jeremy Corbyn has been digitally edited. It has been shared almost 5,000 times.

The original photo was taken in early April 2017 when Mr Corbyn was canvassing for local elections in Leyland, Lancashire. In this photo, the woman seems to be supportively fist pumping at Mr Corbyn, and another image shows them warmly embracing.

The edited image first went viral in late April 2017, when the left-wing blog Skwawkbox reported that it was being shared on social media.

Many of those seeing the image on Facebook appear convinced it is real.

You can read more about spotting misleading images in our how-to guide here.

This article is part of our work factchecking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—hereFor the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false as the image is edited.

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