Don't Fall For This Fake Twitter Account Impersonating Jennie Willoughby

BuzzFeed News Technology 3 months ago

A fake account impersonating Jennie Willoughby, who said White House staffer Rob Porter abused her while they were married, tweeted a screenshot Monday of being blocked by Donald Trump.

Twitter: @jWiIIoughby

After Willoughby's story was published, Trump defended Porter and tweeted about lives "being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation." Yesterday, Willoughby penned a response to the president in Time, which is possibly what made the screenshot seem plausible to some.

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Hours after the tweet went viral, Willoughby tweeted from her real account calling out the impersonator and asking for her followers to report the fake.

Twitter: @myorgasticfutur

One telltale sign the account is fake is how recently it was created.

Twitter: @jWiIIoughby

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However, the fake kept spreading and fooled many Twitter users, including reporters, commentators, and attorneys. The account was also trending in New York.

Twitter: @tylerkingkade

A New York Times cybersecurity reporter tweeted it as fact.

Twitter: @nicoleperlroth

So did podcast host and CNN commentator Dan Pfeiffer. He later deleted the tweet, but didn't post a correction.

Politico congressional reporter Elana Schor also fell for the hoax, but later deleted her tweet and admitted to falling for it.

Twitter: @eschor

In the end, the account is very fake.

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