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Fact Check: Donald Trump’s son not appointed as Twitter CEO, viral claim is fake

Vishvas News fact-checked the viral post and found that Donald John Trump Jr has not been selected as the new CEO of Twitter. He himself has said that this news is wrong. A satirical website called ‘The Smattering News’ published this report, after which people started sharing this news thinking it to be true.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: January 12, 2023

New Delhi (Vishvas News): A social media post claiming that Donald John Trump Jr, son of former US President Donald Trump, will be the new CEO of Twitter. It said that Elon Musk has left the top post of Twitter and has chosen Donald John Trump Jr for the post.

Vishvas News fact-checked the viral post and found it to be fake. Donald John Trump Jr has not been chosen as the new CEO of Twitter. He himself has told this news wrong. A satirical website called The Smattering News had published this report, after which people started sharing this news thinking it to be true.

Claim:

Facebook user ST Mann shared the viral post and wrote, “BREAKING: Elon Musk appoints Donald Trump Jr as the new Twitter CEO after stepping down from the post.”

The archived link to the post can be accessed here.

Investigation:

To know the truth of the viral claim, we searched on Google with related keywords. Meanwhile, we have not received any credible media report regarding the claim.

Taking the investigation further, we started digging into Elon Musk’s Twitter account, but here too we could not find any information related to the viral claim. Then we started digging into the Twitter account of Donald John Trump Jr. During this, we found a tweet dated December 22, 2022 related to the viral claim. Sharing a report, he has termed the claim as fake.

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1605696912195215362

We found a report related to the viral claim published on December 19 on a website called ‘The Smattering News’. After checking the website, we found that it is a satire web portal. All the news and reports published on this website have been written for the purpose of entertainment only.

For more information, we contacted Dainik Jagran’s business journalist Manoj Kumar. They told us, “The viral claim is false.”

Elon Musk conducted a poll on December 19, 2022, asking people whether he should leave the post of head of Twitter, to which 57.5 per cent of people answered yes. It was only after this that he said that he would leave the post as soon as he would find someone for the post. Since then, various types of news started going viral on social media.

Vishvas News, in the final phase of the investigation, did a background check of the profile that had shared the viral post. We found that the user has not shared any information on his profile.

Conclusion: Vishvas News fact-checked the viral post and found that Donald John Trump Jr has not been selected as the new CEO of Twitter. He himself has said that this news is wrong. A satirical website called ‘The Smattering News’ published this report, after which people started sharing this news thinking it to be true.

  • Claim Review : Elon Musk to appoint Donald Trump Jr as the new Twitter CEO
  • Claimed By : Fb user: ST Mann
  • Fact Check : False
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