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Why is Joe Biden impeachment trending?


A MISLEADING video trending on social media claims that President Joe Biden was impeached, though that is untrue.

The clip was making the rounds on the internet on June 7, 2021, before it was flagged by social media platforms.

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A video trending on social media claims that Joe Biden has been impeached, though that is untrue[/caption]

Why is Joe Biden impeachment trending?

A video claiming that Joe Biden has been impeached went viral on Facebook on Monday.

The nearly 25-minute video clip in the post is of a Newsmax broadcast, titled Biden gets BRUTAL impeachment after his ‘v.accine for China’ FOOL.

However, there is no mention of Biden getting impeached in any of the segments in the clip.

Facebook flagged the clip as part of their agenda to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news on their site. 

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The clip has been flagged by Facebook in an effort to curb the spread of false information on the site[/caption]

Could Joe Biden face impeachment?

Joe Biden could only face impeachment should he violate the US Constitution article two, section four, which states that:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The House of Representatives can vote to impeach a president with a simple majority. 

The Senate then holds a trial which ends on a vote of a verdict.

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Biden could only be impeached if he violates the US constitution[/caption]

It takes two-thirds of the Senate, a supermajority, to convict the president. 

If convicted, the president is removed from office, and the vice president would take power.

How is Facebook stopping fake news?

Facebook claims they are working with third-party organizations to stop the spread of fake news.

They also claim to be eyeing ranking improvements among videos or stories within the news feed to “reduce the prevalence of false news content,” according to their site.

The social network has come under intense scrutiny in the past few months, and has been accused of promulgating dangerous hoaxes and deadly health advice.

In addition to political news, activism non-profit Avaaz has published the results of an investigation into Facebook’s failure to keep a lid on fake health news.


The report states that global health misinformation generated an estimated 3.8billion views in the last year.

Websites that spread health misinformation – and that are at the heart of Facebook’s rogue networks – peaked at an estimated 460million views in April 2020.

The numbers coincided with the rapid escalation of the global pandemic.

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