Did the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) post a tweet encouraging people to shoplift to slow the spread of COVID-19? No, that's not true: This is a fabricated image of a tweet. tweet "does not come from our Twitter account or any other CDC official channel," said Belsie González, a senior public affairs specialist for the CDC.
It is more ethical to shoplift and leave the store to prevent the spread of COVID-19 than it is to wait in line and pay. Please protect others. For more information about the coronavirus please refer to cdc.gov/coronavirus/20...
This is what the Instagram looked like at the time of posting:
Although this screenshot looks like a tweet, there is no evidence that the official CDC Twitter account ever posted that message. In a keyword Twitter search, this tweet does not appear:
Even if the CDC had deleted such a message, the CDC Twitter account rarely posts in the format that appears in the fake posted to Instagram. Tweets from @CDCgov about COVID-19 almost always include some sort of media like a photo, a graphic, or a video, not just stand-alone text like the Instagram post features. If the CDC did tweet something like this about shoplifting, there would have been backlash online, but Lead Stories found none.
What's more, the Instagram account that posted this fake tweet, @corysnearowsk, has posted satirical tweets in the past: