Watchdog says WH deleting tweet after Twitter added context may have violated Presidential Records Act
- November 5, 2022
Dan Wells, BizPac Review
A White House tweet disappeared after being fact-checked. The deletion of the tweet is the subject of scrutiny by a conservative watchdog group, Protect the Public’s Trust.
The tweet from the Biden Administration claimed that the president is responsible for “the biggest increase in 10 years” to Social Security benefits for seniors.
A day after the original White House post, there was a qualifier added – a “lacks context” fact check of sorts. (One wonders if this was perhaps the result of the recent change in leadership at Twitter.)
The statement pointed out that President Joe Biden is not, in fact, responsible for the increase in benefits. Rather, seniors will see larger checks “due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.” Such adjustments have been automatically assessed according to changes in the Consumer Price Index, ever since President Nixon signed the measure into law in 1972.
The tweet and its qualifier were captured by Republican communicator Matt Whitlock before they were deleted: