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Fake News: Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez Did NOT Tweet a Press Release Demanding Return of Heroic ISIS Mother from Alabama -- Did NOT Say She Was Bigger Hero Than Our Veterans Either

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:12:07 Z)

Did Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez tweet out a press release demanding President Trump be blocked from stopping the return of a heroic Alabama mother from ISIS and did she claim this woman was "more of a hero than our veterans"? No, that's not true: the Twitter account that sent out the message has a parody disclaimer, it is not real.

This is the tweet in question (archived here):

The tweet was screenshotted and widely shared on social media as real, for example in this post (archived here):

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10219301166786433

The screenshotted version of the tweet omits the "(parody)" part of the name of the Twitter account, which reads "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody)" in full.

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The bio of the @AOCPress accounts notes it is a satirical parody and points visitors to her real account at @AOC:

Official Press Releases for AOC - parody - Follow her personal account - Political Satire

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On her real account Ocasio-Cortez only mentioned ISIS twice so far:

and

The parody tweet was likely sent to comment on the Hoda Muthana case, an American woman who joined ISIS and now wants to return home:

Hoda Muthana 'deeply regrets' joining Isis and wants to return home

Exclusive: Muthana is the only American among 1,500 foreign women and children at a Syrian refugee camp

President Trump already expressed his feelings about that matter via Twitter:

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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