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First lady Jill Biden reads a book co-written with granddaughter Natalie, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops," to a group of students from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Md., in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 29. On Friday, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming a video captures a child yelling an expletive at Jill Biden as she begins reading a story to a group of students.

CLAIM: Video captures a child yelling an expletive at Jill Biden as she begins reading a story to a group of students.

THE FACTS: The video clip was manipulated to insert audio of a child yelling a disparaging comment. It emerged Monday after the first lady sat down with a group of second grade students from Maryland to host a story time at the White House as part of the annual unveiling of holiday decorations.

The altered video shows a child screaming, “Shut the f- — up,” just as Biden introduces the picture book she wrote. But that comes from an unrelated video that has been shared online since at least 2019.

While some people commenting on the video acknowledged that it was altered, and linked to the source of the audio, others shared the falsified video as real. The inserted audio has spread online for years, and first emerged in a video that appeared to show a young child cursing during a school graduation ceremony as adults tried to quiet the situation.

It is unclear where the video was taken, but it has since become a widely-shared sound effect and has been edited into other videos, often in a comedic way. In the altered Biden video, the first lady began to introduce her 2012 book, “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops,” saying: “When my son was away, my granddaughter — just like you kids — really, really missed her daddy. So I wrote this book to tell other kids, ’cause there’s lots of kids who don’t know what it’s like —.” The sound of the yelling child was then inserted at that point to make it appear a student heckled Biden mid-sentence. A video of Biden’s full remarks shows she was not interrupted and finished her sentence.