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A baseless rumor went viral on Friday accusing White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany of deleting tweets from her official government Twitter account, but that’s not true, Forbes has confirmed.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks to media representatives at the White House in … [+] Washington, DC, October 2, 2020.

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Key factors

The rumor arose in a now-deleted tweet claiming, “@PressSec deleted the last 4-5 days of their tweets.”

The idea was then promoted by journalist Andrew Fienberg, who said it sounded “like the destruction of government records,” along with Biden supporter @sharonwhotweets, whose tweet McEnany accused of deleting posts, had more than 1,300 retweets.

From the @PressSec account, McEnany called the rumor “false news” and said she had “not deleted any tweets”.

Derek Willis, who runs Politwoops, a ProPublica tool that tracks deleted tweets by politicians, told Forbes that there are no recent deletions from the @PressSec account.

Without the rejection on Friday, there have been no more tweets from @PressSec since October 30th – but that just means that McEnany did not tweet from the handle this week and not that posts were deleted.

McEnany tweeted about the vote from her personal Twitter account and it is possible that users looked at the @PressSec account and mistakenly thought tweets were deleted when in fact they were on a different account.

Key background

Although Twitter has prevented misleading tweets from being shared by Trump and other high profile accounts, misinformation from other sources is still spreading widely. There are some viral jokes from left-wing users, including one falsely claiming that 40,000 ballots were rejected in DeKalb County, Georgia, but the vast majority of the misinformation appears to have come from Trump supporters who falsely accused Democrats of voting ” stolen ”.


Users also accused Vice President Mike Pence of deleting tweets this week, but that’s not true either, according to Politwoops.