The Biden administration on Wednesday quickly deleted a tweet it had written about President Joe Biden’s social security policy after Twitter appended a reader-supplied fact-check to the message.
The White House’s original tweet had declared that American seniors were “getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.” The federal government last month announced that Social Security checks would get nearly 9% boost this year.
That spike, however, came not from Biden administration policy but via an annual cost-of-living assessment, which is tied to the inflation rate. The COLA raise has been federal policy for about 50 years since President Richard Nixon signed it into office.
Twitter subsequently appended the White House’s tweet with reader-supplied “context” regarding the mater; the White House deleted the tweet shortly thereafter.
The COLA raise for Social Security benefits is so high this year in large part because of spiraling inflation rates that have sent prices for groceries and consumer goods soaring to decades-high levels.