Did White House Really Ban a Teen Critic From Twitter?
An O’Keefe in training.
White House assistant press secretary Frank Benenati tweeted that CJ was wrong - that the @POTUS account has never blocked anyone on Twitter. This incited a two-minute rebuttal video from the teenager, who accuses the White House of lying.
“They lied about Benghazi,” he says in the video. “They lied about the IRS. They lie about every issue of importance to the American people.”
By Thursday, people were suspicious. First, it was pointed out that CJ was still following Obama after he had been alleged blocked, which contradicts Twitter policy. Twitter users cannot follow accounts that block them.
Next, online sleuths were able to link the screenshot that CJ had used to an identical one uploaded months ago. It had been proven fake since.
The text alignment of the screenshot was also fishy. Critics pointed out that the position of the “Learn more” text is slightly off.