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Did Pence Unfollow Trump on Twitter Following Jan. 6 DC Riots?

A quick look at the vice president's Twitter showed he followed 48 accounts in January 2021.

Published Jan 6, 2021

Updated Jan 7, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence walks off the House floor during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images) (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
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Claim:
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unfollowed President Donald Trump following Jan. 6, 2021, riots in Washington, D.C.

As a mob laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, rumors flooded the internet, including a claim that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence unfollowed President Donald Trump on Twitter.

The allegation was made by German-based site Disclose.tv in a tweet:

But a quick look at Pence’s Twitter account (@Mike_Pence) proved this claim to be fake. Of the 48 accounts that the vice president followed at the time, both Trump's personal and presidential accounts were at the top of the list. Pence’s verified vice president account (@VP) followed 15 accounts, including The White House (@WhiteHouse), President Trump (@POTUS) and Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump).

Disclose.tv is a fake news site included in PolitiFact’s Fake News Almanac, a collaborative effort with the Poynter Institute and Facebook to define websites that have deliberately published false or fake information.

Therefore, this claim is "False."

Updates

Update [Jan. 7, 2021]: This article was updated to include Pence’s official VP Twitter account.

Madison Dapcevich is a former writer for Snopes.

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