Twitter fact-checkers forced The Biden administration to delete one of their Twitter posts that was taking credit for an increase in the checks for retirees’ Social Security on Wednesday. Social media users pointed out the increase was due to decades-high inflation.
“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the deleted tweet said that was posted by the official White House account on Tuesday afternoon.
Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, attached a note to the Tweet that said: “Readers added context they thought people might want to know.”
” Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate,” said the note with a link to the Social Security Administration’s website. The website had an explanation about the Nixon-era legislation that is behind the increase. The legislation is known as COLA.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) wrote, “Biden social media geniuses are giving Biden credit for the biggest Social Security COLA in 10 years, but neglect to mention that [Social Security] COLA is an automatic formula based on a government inflation metric,” referring to the Consumer Price Index.
Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler from Missouri turned to Twitter to clarify the White House’s posting by writing, “Biden’s leadership’ is solely responsible for record inflation, according to the White House.”