WATCHDOG: BIDEN TEAM ILLEGALLY DELETED TWEET ON BENEFITS HIKE
- November 4, 2022
Staff, Off the Press
Watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust has asked the National Archives and Records Administration for documents related to the White House’s deletion of a Tweet celebrating a rise in Social Security benefits, alleging that the Tweet’s subsequent deletion may have violated the Presidential Records Act.
“Accordingly, we are concerned that a recent decision by certain White House officials to delete a tweet issued on the official @WhiteHouse Twitter feed may have run afoul of the Presidential Records Act,” PPT wrote to NARA.
Earlier this week, the White House posted a celebration of a recent rise in Social Security benefits, saying seniors were “getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.” In mid-October, the Social Security Administration announced an 8.7% raise in benefits to account for rising costs of living due to inflation. The hike was the largest increase in 40 years.
Twitter users were quick to ridicule the post, pointing out that the benefit hike was the product of inflation, which many asserted was due to policies of the same administration. Social Security benefit adjustments are automatically tied to the inflation rate. The White House promptly deleted the Tweet, which in turn raised questions about the legality of doing so.