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I understand that photons, even when traveling at the speed of light, cannot escape the event horizon of a black hole. Are gravitons and other virtual particles traveling at the speed of light also confined by event horizons?
If so, it seems that the gravitational field created by the black hole would result only from the mass of the black hole beyond the event horizon, where gravitons are capable of escaping. As a result, would there would be a disparity between the apparent mass of the black hole due to its gravitational field on other celestial bodies and the total amount of matter contained within the black hole?
Also, I was reading this question: Nature of gravity: gravitons, curvature of space-time or both?, which suggests that gravitons and curved space may be indistinguishable. However, if gravitons are bound by the event horizon it seems that a black hole would act differently based on whether gravity results from gravitons or curved space-time. The existence of bound gravitons would negate the gravitational field of mass within the event horizon, resulting in a significantly lower gravitational field outside of the black hole. Would this occur, or am I neglecting some effect of relativity upon the gravitational field?