US President Donald Trump did not join calls to revoke Maria Ressa’s dual citizenship -- this story came from a satirical website
A blog post shared hundreds of times on Facebook claims that US President Donald Trump has joined calls to revoke the US citizenship of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa. The claim is false; the blog post was copied from a satirical article; an online search of Trump’s tweets and recent statements from the White House found he has not made any public statements about Ressa.
The blog post was published in this Facebook post on July 14, 2019, where it has been shared more than 200 times after being posted by a Philippines based Facebook page with more than 336,000 followers.
Below is a screenshot of the misleading Facebook post:
The misleading post’s Tagalog language caption translates to English as: “US President Donald Trump joins call to revoke Maria Ressa's dual citizenship.
“So what will you do now Ressa? Pay your taxes and apply legally, anyway you're being paid by the Americans. Your adviser is also brave. Let's spread this so everyone will know”.
Ressa tweeted here on February 18, 2019 that she has never “hidden” her dual nationality and had “reclaimed” her Philippine citizenship in 2004.
The claim is false; the Facebook posts include a link to a blog post which contains text copied from a satirical article.
The blog post was published here by citizenpinoyph.blogspot.com on July 14, 2019.
Below is a screenshot of the blog post:
At the beginning of the report, it states: “WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau).” Later in the report, all direct quotes attributed to Trump are credited to The Adobo Chronicles.
A keyword search subsequently found this article published by satirical website Adobo Chronicles on March 5, 2019, from which the misleading blog post was copied.
Adobo Chronicles describes itself here as a “source of up-to-date, unbelievable news”.
It states in its 'about' section: “Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies. We abide by the highest standards of creative writing and intend to make this site as respectable as possible to the extent allowed by our fertile mind”.”
This text comparison using plagiarism checker Copyleaks found the misleading blog post and the Adobo Chronicles article are a 99 percent match.
The articles only differed in one reference to the number of netizens who had allegedly signed an online petition to the Philippines' Department of Justice regarding Ressa’s dual citizenship.
Below is a screenshot of the text comparison on Copyleaks:
This online search for “Maria Ressa” from Donald Trump’s tweets returned no results.
Below is a screenshot of the results:
This online search for “Maria Ressa” on the official White House website also returned no relevant results.
The misleading blog post has been shared more than 500 times according to data from CrowdTangle.