First ladys verified personal account momentarily liked a Twitter post suggesting the president had built a wall between them
Retweets are not endorsements, so goes the common caveat on Twitter but could the First Lady of the United States be semaphoring for help on social media?
Melania Trumps verified account, @MELANIATRUMP, momentarily favourited a tweet late on Tuesday that suggested her husband had built a #WALL between them.
The tweet, by leftwing blogger Andy Ostroy, was attached to a gif of Melania stony-faced at Trumps inauguration in January.
The clip of her bursting into a wide smile as soon as the president turns to look at her was widely shared at the time as half-joking evidence she was taking on the title of Flotus against her will.
It prompted the meme-cum-conspiracy theory #FREEMELANIA, which many referenced in responding to her favourite of Ostroys tweet.
Ostroy did not at first believe the notification that MELANIA TRUMP liked [his] tweet was genuine, tweeting a screenshot with the comment: I suspect this isnt a real account for @flotus…
Asked by a journalist if he had any connection with the First Lady, Ostroy responded: Hmmm…I guess I do now…
@MELANIATRUMP had retracted her favourite within about 45 minutes of Ostroys tweet, suggesting her cry for help was either noticed by her captors or was accidental.
The Guardian considers the second explanation more likely.
Since Donald Trump was elected last November, Melania or, more likely, a team of representatives has been tweeting from her professional @FLOTUS account, followed by 7.12m people.
It has not favourited any tweets.
Flotus is not the first to find herself under scrutiny for an accidental favourite.
Beyoncs mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, apologised for liking a comment criticising the singer Jennifer Hudson on Instagram in December.
My children worried that I might accidentally touch something when looking at other sites and have warned me about it, wrote Knowles-Lawson in a rambling explanation, posted beneath an image of a serene sunset. They always say that I am not that great on social media, I have to be very careful and somehow maybe I touched a button …
So to Jennifer for my mistake of accidentally touching [like], which I dont remember doing, I really apologize.
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