A number of Donald Trump supporters are under the impression that the title on his official Facebook page changed from “president” to “political candidate.” However, the claims are correctly disputed.
Donald Trump Supporters Take to Twitter
Outspoken conservative Dinesh D’Souza tweeted about Trump’s profile on Friday.
“This is disturbing,” D’Souza writes. “Facebook removed the title of ‘President’ from Donald Trump and designated him as ‘Political Candidate.’ Trump is still president and, no matter what happens, will remain so until Inauguration Day.”
Country singer Lisa Matassa also took offense. “This is really messed up,” she tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump is STILL THE PRESIDENT OF THE US and nothing these tech company douchebags [do] will change that.”
Furthermore, radio talk show host and former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind voiced his thoughts. “So @Facebook decided to one-up our Constitution by demoting President @realDonaldTrump – who remains president at the very least til Jan 20 – to ‘political candidate,’” he also tweeted. “I was sure it’s fake news. Surely Facebook didn’t remove the title of POTUS from a sitting POTUS?!”
Despite the Trump supporters’ claims, an independent fact check from Lead Stories of the situation shows that Facebook held no responsibility in changing Donald Trump’s title.
In fact, the page in question is Donald Trump’s campaign page. Trump’s presidential Facebook page has not changed its title; it has remained “government official” since 2018.
According to the outlet, screenshots from Trump’s personal Facebook page show that the title “President’ was never part of Trump’s profile.
The 2020 Election
Trump’s critics argue that he lost the election to Joe Biden. The Associated Press declared Biden the winner on Saturday, Nov. 7. Most media outlets have also projected Biden will win 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214. The Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 to cast electoral ballots.
On Thursday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement saying there is no evidence whatsoever of compromised votes. The coalition of government officials and industry representatives further pronounced this election “the most secure in American history.”
This is not the first conflict between Trump supporters and Facebook. Earlier this month, Trump clashed with the social networking giant over its alleged removal of the New Jersey Women For Trump Facebook group. Trump requested the social media platform bring them back.
Facebook later reinstated the private group, NJ.com reported. But group leaders said they were allegedly unable to approve new member requests.
“I liked how he was more of an outsider and a businessman,” group co-director Priscilla Confrey told NJ.com of why she voted for Trump. “Not a regular politician.”