CLAIM: On Thursday, July 16, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a screenshot of a tweet claimed to have been shared by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
A screenshot of the tweet which read: ‘’Wear a Mask’’ was reshared by @scienceIsnew who claimed the tweet was made by hackers.
Their caption read, ‘’ What Donald Trump should have done, was done by Hackers, #twitterhacked Hackers left an important message while cleanly stealing bitcoins.’’
As at Thursday 16 July 2020 that the tweet was spotted, it has allegedlygenerated 16,000 retweets and 57,000 likes.
FACT: The tweet is an example of how new technology is being used in promoting falsehood online.
Available information shows that the US President never made such tweet, neither was his account hacked as claimed by @scienceIsnew in its caption.
The American media had on Saturday, July 11, 2020 , gone frenzy when President Trump was seen wearing a face mask as he walked down a hallway during his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
CDD checks show that while it is true that the US President during his visit to the medical centre urged Americans to wear a mask ‘’If it‘s necessary”, he did not do so via his official twitter handle.
In addition, claim that President Trump’s account was hacked is false. This claim followed attacks on some Twitter accounts belonging to top US investors and leaders on Wednesday, July 15.
In an incident which took place within a short period of 30 minutes or less, Twitter accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Apple, among other prominent ones, were hacked.
The attempts on these accounts involved a coordinated bitcoin scam using these high profile Twitter users’ account.
In a quick reaction, Twitter said it believes the hack is an attack on some of its employees with access to the company’s internal tools, CNN reports.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, said the company is investigating what happened.
“Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened. We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened,” Jack said.
He also assured that his team mates were working hard to ensure every wrong is made right.
A report by Telegraph quoted officials stating that the security breach did not affect Trump’s account because it is under a ‘special kind of lock-and-key’ after past incidents.
The report said a White House spokesperson said: “The president will remain on Twitter. His account was secure and not jeopardised during these attacks.”
Also, a review of the Trump’s Twitter page shows that the US president did not make such tweet at the time on the screenshot. The US President is also not known for deleting his tweets.
Our analysis shows the tweet was made using a Fake Tweet online tool.
US President Donald Trump did not tweet about wearing a mask. The tweet was made using a Fake Tweet online app to misinform the public.
CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.
You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica.