FACT CHECK: Was Sam Brinton’s Twitter Account Suspended?
A post shared on Facebook purports former Department of Energy official Sam Brinton’s Twitter account was suspended.
Brinton’s account has not been suspended. The suspended Twitter account, @sambrinton, appears to belong to another individual bearing the same name.
Brinton, who is facing charges for alleged airport baggage theft, has been released from jail without bail, according to Fox News. Brinton was employed as a deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and water disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy under President Joe Biden’s administration at the time of his arrest, CNN reported.
The Facebook post purports Brinton’s Twitter account was suspended. The post features a photo of the supposedly suspended account next to a photo of Brinton. “Twitter has took him Down .. The thieving…,” the post’s caption reads.
The claim is misleading. There are no credible news reports suggesting Brinton’s account was suspended. Likewise, neither the White House nor Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has commented on the purported claim.
Brinton’s account has not been suspended. The former DOE official, whose Twitter handle is @sbrinton, is still viewable to other social media users. The suspended Twitter account, @sambrinton, appears to belong to another individual bearing the same name.
“Sam Brinton’s account looks fine to [us]. We did not take any suspension action on the account,” Twitter spokesperson Ella Irwin told Check Your Fact via email.
The claim stems from a Feb. 22 Twitter post shared by podcast host and former employee at The Blaze, Elijah Schaffer. Schaffer’s post, which includes the same photos as those in the Facebook post, has been viewed over 100,000 times.
RIP @sambrinton pic.twitter.com/6GjWvBYllZ
— E (@ElijahSchaffer) February 22, 2023
There are no credible news reports suggesting Brinton’s account was suspended. (RELATED: Did Donald Trump Tweet ‘The Storm Is Upon Us?’)
This is not the first time misinformation regarding a figure’s Twitter account has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting former President Donald Trump tweeted “the storm is upon us.”