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Fact Check-Tom Hanks did not tweet about Epstein Island, QAnon followers

A fabricated screenshot is circulating that appears to show actor Tom Hanks insulting QAnon followers and discussing “Epstein Island” on Twitter. It is a clear fake, created by a satirical Twitter account.

The purported tweet is dated Jan. 21, 2023 and starts: “Hey ClownAnon: there is 0 evidence I visited Epstein Island.” A screenshot shows a picture of Hanks in the top left corner and his real Twitter handle, @TomHanks. But a line at the bottom clearly states it is a “parody”.

The tweets reference Little Saint James, a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands that belonged to late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein (here).

Reuters has previously debunked false claims that Hanks is recorded in the financier’s flight logs to the island (here).

The screenshot (here) was originally posted by Twitter account @FaithRubPol (www.twitter.com/FaithRubPol) (www.bit.ly/3WI8lZo). The site describes itself as satirical and regularly posts fabricated screenshots. Other examples debunked by Reuters can be seen (here), (here), (here).

While some users realized the post was satirical, others appeared to take it seriously (www.bit.ly/3XEaoip).

No such tweet was found Hanks’s Twitter account (www.bit.ly/3XBQftk). Searches show that no reputable media reported on the fake tweet (www.bit.ly/404oTh9).

Representatives for Hanks did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

VERDICT

Satire. Tom Hanks did not post a tweet insulting QAnon followers and defending himself against accusations that he visited Epstein Island. The fabricated screenshot was posted by a satirical account.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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