Fact Check: Matthew McConaughey Did NOT Tweet About An Account Harassing Him For 'Wanting To Take Action Against Guns'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Matthew McConaughey Did NOT Tweet About An Account Harassing Him For  'Wanting To Take Action Against Guns' Fake Tweet

Did actor Matthew McConaughey tweet that Instagram needs to shut down an account for harassing him because he "wanted to take action against guns"? No, that's not true: The tweet is fake and the account shown for @McConaughey is suspended on Twitter. His real verified Twitter account did not post the message.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post on June 8, 2022. It opens:

Unbelievable. Instagram needs to shut down the account @Libs for harassing me. I shouldn't be harassed for standing up, wanting to take action against guns. All @Libs does is rally people to make fun of politicians and people like me. DO NOT FOLLOW THIS PAGE

This is how the post appeared at the time of writing:

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(Image source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thurs Jun 09 20:12:12 2022 UTC)

The Instagram post shows what appears to be a screenshot of Twitter account @MattMcConaughey. This account is not McConaughey's account and was suspended on Twitter as of June 9, 2022:

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(Image source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thurs Jun 09 22:14:08 2022 UTC)

McConaughey's official Twitter account is @McConaughey and this message does not appear on his account. The message was also not posted on his official Instagram account @officiallymcconaughey.

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(Image source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thurs Jun 09 22:15:55 2022 UTC)

The fake account appeared to try to direct traffic to another account for followers.

McConaughey appeared at the White House on June 8, 2022, where he advocated for gun control legislation following the murder of 21 people, including 19 children, at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, his hometown.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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