Is the Twitter account @realDonaldTrump a parody account, or is it actually controlled by Donald Trump?

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    Poe's Law: "it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views". This also applies in reverse.
    – Philipp
    Jan 15, 2017 at 17:42
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    There's a reason for the "verified" check. Jan 15, 2017 at 19:51
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    Why not both? :) Jan 15, 2017 at 22:02

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That's his real account. It is linked from his campaign website.

It is also listed as his account by media sites. E.g. Newsweek.

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    Worth adding that a statistical analysis of that accounts activity supports that tweets sent from Android are from him and tweets from IPhone are from his staffers. varianceexplained.org/r/trump-tweets
    – casey
    Jan 15, 2017 at 21:06
  • @casey Do we know which the Chinese hoax claim was made from?
    – Nat
    Jan 15, 2017 at 22:29
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    @ChemicalEngineer that was via the Twitter website. The iPhone/Android split is a more recent thing but it def fits his post style.
    – casey
    Jan 15, 2017 at 22:46

Twitter places a "verified" checkmark on accounts that have gone through a review process and verified to be who they claim to be. @realDonaldTrump possesses this verification.

You'll also find major media organizations citing this account as his.

Verified account

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    > You'll also find major media organizations citing this account as his. - yes but everyone knows that the mainstream media especially the financially failing new york times lie about everything. So sad. Fake news.
    – Random832
    Jan 15, 2017 at 20:22
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    This answer certainly reads differently in light of current Twitter news…
    – GendoIkari
    Nov 20, 2022 at 1:10

Not really sure, but based on the following, it seems a valid account:

  • direct name account redirection: @donaldtrump redirects to @realDonaldTrump
  • followers: almost 20M
  • verified account sign: it's there (blue check near the name)

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