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Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not author a tweet about Hillary Clinton

September 21, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tweeted on the day she died that she had information that would lead to the arrest of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The tweet was fabricated. Ginsburg did not use a personal Twitter account. 

THE FACTS: On Saturday — the day after the 87-year-old Ginsburg died of complications from pancreatic cancer — an image of a tweet she allegedly sent on the day of her death began circulating on Instagram.

“I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton,” read the tweet, allegedly sent by the account @RBGOfficial on Friday at 8 p.m.

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The image on Instagram was liked by more than 2,600 people and viewed more than 63,000 times.

However, the tweet is fake. The late justice did not use a personal Twitter account. The account @RBGofficial, created in 2013, now displays the name “jorge.” The profile photo is an image of a guitar and does not show Ginsburg.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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