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Jared Kusher didn’t delete all his tweets after Trump tax story

September 28, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, deleted all his tweets after The New York Times published a story on Trump’s tax returns on Sunday.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Kushner didn’t have any tweets on his profile before Sunday. He did not delete posts.

THE FACTS: On Sunday, in the hours after The New York Times published a story with findings from nearly two decades of Trump’s tax returns, false information about a close Trump ally began spreading on social media.

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“Shoutout to Jared Kushner who deleted all of his tweets after the tax story broke,” read one Facebook post viewed more than 89,000 times. “Genius.”

“Jared Kushner completely deleted all of his tweets right after the tax story broke,” a Twitter user wrote. The tweet was shared more than 4,000 times before the user deleted it and apologized for sharing false information, but the claim continued to circulate on social media.

Kushner’s Twitter account is empty — but that’s because he rarely tweets, not because he deleted posts.

The most recently available archived version of Kushner’s profile shows he also had zero tweets on Sept. 25, two days before the tax story broke.

Kushner’s account was created in 2009. Many archived versions saved since then show zero tweets on his account over the years. One archived version in 2014 shows two tweets, which were deleted by at least October 2016.

The false claim that Kushner has deleted all his tweets in the wake of news stories has come up before, including in 2017, when former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on charges associated with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

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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.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536