The White House apologized after publishing a photograph in which it showed the faces of members of the Delta Force special forces. The photograph was taken during a meeting with President Joe Biden in Israel.
"As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused," a White House spokesperson said during a press conference reported by Fox News journalist Bill Melugin.
NEW: The White House admits they accidentally doxxed US Special Forces by posting an uncensored photo of them w/ Biden in Israel.
WH: “As soon as this was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the photo. We regret the error and any issues this may have caused.”
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) October 19, 2023
The caption of the photo, which was later posted by social media users, read: "In Israel, the president met with first responders to thank them for their bravery and the work they're doing in response to Hamas terrorist attacks."
Several citizens explained that the photo was available for at least an hour and garnered thousands of interactions and views before being removed from social media by the White House. When publishing these types of photos, the faces of the special forces members are generally blurred to avoid putting them at risk.
The Whitehouse media team shared this picture last night (I added the black boxes) without blurring or censoring the faces of the “Delta Force” (CAG) operator’s faces. They deleted it an hour later after hundreds of thousands had already viewed it.
This is a massive failure on… pic.twitter.com/ROegvYWzit
— Sam Shoemate (@samosaur) October 19, 2023