Over the weekend, one Twitter user decided to paint an unflattering contrast between President Trump and his predecessor. In a series of photos, Matt McDermott wrote that the Obamas always attended church on Easter, while Trump has not stepped foot in church since his inauguration.
The Obama's spent every Easter attending church service. Trump hasn't attended church once since his inauguration. Where's the GOP outrage? pic.twitter.com/5zOBO616LM— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) April 16, 2017
The message has been retweeted thousands of times, but some Twitter users knew better. Even CNN's Andrew Kaczynski, whose network has often been the target of Trump's "fake news" retorts, pointed out that McDermott's tweet is factually inaccurate, for the president went to services in Palm Beach Sunday. McDermott pointed out that he sent out the tweet before Trump had attended church, but Kaczynski argued it would be irresponsible to continue letting the tweet go viral.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who scored the explosive interview with Edward Snowden in 2013 to expose NSA secrets, agrees. On Monday, he too demanded that McDermott delete the misleading tweet.
Other social media users wondered if Twitter will be following in Facebook's footsteps and begin cracking down on "fake news."
Re-tweeted 31,000 times - liked 61,000 times - and counting. And he refuses to delete it. https://t.co/DzE4WWBhIz— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 17, 2017