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

BuzzFeed News Technology 6 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.


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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