So President Trump just shared a story about his sister supporting him and wrote “Thank you Elizabeth, LOVE!”

And then when you click through to the article ... it was based on tweets from a parody account of his sister.
The account alleging to be his sister, @TheBettyTrump, only shows a record of tweets starting yesterday.

These are some of its posts since then.
Here is the president‘s original tweet.
The header photo on the alleged Betty Trump account is the first photo of her on Getty Images and the avatar has been used in stories about her for years.

Getty Images:…

2018 Heavy article about her:…
The “Betty Trump” that the president thanked for her love has now confirmed: It is a parody account.
Twitter deleted the fake account but you can see its previous admission here.

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New: Facing antitrust scrutiny, Apple cut in half the commission it charges smaller app makers.

Starting on Jan. 1, developers with less than $1 million in app sales the previous year will pay Apple 15% instead of 30%.…
The move could help Apple deflect scrutiny of its commission without costing it much.

The change will affect roughly 98% of developers who pay the commission -- but they account for less than 5% of Apple’s overall App Store revenues, according to @SensorTower.
Put another way: Apple is keeping its 30% commission on the roughly 2% of companies that generate 95% of its App Store revenues.…
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Today many right-wing accounts are spreading claims that election software from Dominion Voting Systems caused widespread problems.

We looked into each claim of problems and found that they were either caused by human error or didn't affect vote counts.…
Some Republicans have pointed to voting and vote-counting issues in five counties in Michigan and Georgia.

The Dominion software was used in only two of those counties, and in every instance there was a detailed explanation for what had happened.
In the two Michigan counties that had mistakes, the inaccuracies were because of human errors, not software problems, according to Michigan officials. Only one of the two counties used Dominion.

Here's Michigan officials' explanation:…
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10 Nov
The claim: “Software glitches” in Michigan & Georgia screwed up vote counts.

The facts: They didn't.

We investigated. Mistakes in two Michigan tallies were due to human error & were quickly fixed. In Georgia, software problems didn’t affect vote counts.…
Let's start with Antrim County, Mich.

Unofficial results had Biden up by 3,000 votes. That didn’t seem right in the Republican stronghold, so election workers checked again.

Turned out they had set up the reporting system incorrectly. They fixed it. Trump had 2,500 more votes.
In Oakland County, Mich., the winner of one local race was changed from Democrat to Republican after election workers caught and fixed a separate human error.

The votes from one city, Rochester Hills, had been mistakenly counted twice.…
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This is the second straight day that Facebook's top posts are mostly from large news outlets versus right-wing Facebook pages.

It could reflect something about the election. But given how sharp and sudden the change has been, I bet Facebook changed its algorithm.
And let me be clear: I am merely speculating about an algorithm change.

We don't know what happened here because the Facebook computer code that governs which posts and news more than a billion people see is a black box.
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Let's fact check the latest big voter-fraud claim: Software glitches misreported votes in Michigan.

Facts: One county caught and fixed an error in its unofficial tallies. This came even before a 2nd layer of thorough checks designed to catch such issues.…
So: Yes, there was an error in the unofficial vote tally for one Michigan county.

And then county workers checked the numbers, discovered the error and fixed it. This was all before the official vote-count verification, which is more thorough & is designed to catch such issues.
We know this because of reporting by @paulegan4 at the Detroit Free Press.

State officials said the error occurred because Antrim County didn't update its election-management software.

The vote count was accurate. The problem came when the unofficial tally went to the state. Image
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NEW: Conservative Twitter exploded yesterday with claims of proof that dead people voted in Michigan.

We looked into it. The evidence indicates that this was not fraud, but rather something much less salacious: Run-of-the-mill clerical errors.…
It began Wednesday night with tweets from @fleccas, an Ivy League offensive lineman turned right-wing internet journalist.

He had indeed found some bizarre voter files on the state of Michigan website. It appeared people born between 1900 and 1902 had sent in absentee ballots.
By Thursday morning, his posts were the talk of the Republican internet. Candace Owens, James Woods, Jack Posobiec were all sharing them, reaching millions of people. The Gateway Pundit put up a story. This was clear proof of election fraud, many said.
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