Two fabricated tweets created by a satire account purporting to have been sent by the former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has duped users online.
The falsified tweets were supposedly sent on June 18, 2022. The screenshots show an image of Psaki on the top left corner, sent via a Twitter account with the handle @Psaki. One fabricated tweet reads: “President Biden might need kneepads for riding his bike, but the last guy needed kneepads for visiting the Kremlin”.
The second tweet says: “Yes, president Biden fell on his bike. To Donald Trump: a bike is something you ride when you have physical strength to lift your own knees.” One user shared the screenshot with the caption: “Daayum ... Jen is hittin' long balls outta the park!!” (here).
The latter gathered more than 21,000 likes and 2,600 shares at the time of writing. An archived version of the tweet can be seen (archive.ph/wip/5oT12).
Psaki confirmed via Twitter that no such post was published by her, adding that the message was not approved by her “on any level” (here).
There are other indications that the screenshot is fabricated. The image appears to show a tweet sent via a Twitter account with the handle @psaki, whereas Jen Psaki’s official Twitter handle is @jrpsaki.
Meanwhile, text printed on the bottom right corner of the screenshot clearly labels the fabricated image as satire: “Parody by Back Rub”.
The account with the handle @FaithRubPol and name ‘Follow Plz? Faith Back Rub’ describes itself as a satirical account and regularly posts fabricated screenshots with the same satire label on the bottom right corner. The account shared the screenshots on June 18 (here).
After the screenshots gained traction, the account tweeted to argue that if individuals are fooled by parody, such content “can wake them up to how easily they believe what they read online” and “can make them more critical next time” (here).
On June 18, 2022, President Biden fell off his bike during a weekend trip to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. He appeared to be uninjured and stood back up immediately, telling supporters and a press pool who stood close by: “I got my foot caught up” (here), (here).
Satire. Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not tweet claiming that Joe Biden’s predecessor needed “kneepads for visiting the Kremlin” or suggested he lacked physical strength to get on a bike. The images are fabricated and a label identifying the content as parody is viewable on the bottom right corner of the screenshot.
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