Trump apparently fooled by satirical website's Twitter story

Trump apparently fooled by satirical website's Twitter story

The president's message comes amid an effort by Twitter and other social media platforms to prevent the sharing of a controversial New York Post report about Biden and his son Hunter that has drawn widespread skepticism for potentially being fueled by Russian disinformation. "Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T", Trump tweeted. This includes his really bad interview last night.

A little after 6am on Friday, US time, Mr Trump - who frequently accuses the news media of spreading false information - posted a link to an article by a well known satirical website, The Babylon Bee.

Trump on Friday tweeted the fake story about Twitter shutting down its "entire network" to slow the spread of negative stories about his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

At the time of writing, almost two hours after Mr. Trump posted the tweet, the matter was still there.

The sudden downtime got here as Republicans pushed for the US social media large and its billionaire CEO Jack Dorsey to be sanctioned after blocking the circulation of a controversial New York Publish story about Joe Biden's son earlier this week. The publication's Twitter bio promises "fake news you can trust", and the website's "about" page boasts that it is "the world's best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims".

One user pointed out that, besides the fact that the story was clearly satire, the mere fact that Trump was able to tweet about a Twitter shutdown while on Twitter made it quite evident that it wasn't real.

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"Dorsey smashed a glass box in his office reading 'Break In Case Of Bad Publicity For Democrats.' Inside the case was a sledgehammer for smashing Twitter's servers", the article said.

Why did Donald Trump retweet a Babylon Bee article? I'm not taking a position, "said Trump".

"I don't get that", NBC interviewer Savannah Guthrie retorted. You're not someone's insane uncle who can retweet anything, "Guthrie said".

At a televised town hall event in Miami on Thursday, Mr Trump defended his retweets, saying "people can decide for themselves" if the outlandish theories he shares have any merit.

Mr Trump may have been particularly vulnerable to that bee satirical story on Twitter today as he is now embroiled in a very real spit with the social media giant.

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