On 30 May 2018, the day after ABC had announced the cancellation of the rebooted Roseanne series in the wake of controversial tweets from star Roseanne Barr, social media users widely shared a Facebook post seemingly issued by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that offered the comedian a position in the White House:
However, the Facebook account that issued the post bore a generic title for a name (@USAPressSecretary), had no Facebook verification indicator, and was apparently first put into use just a few days after the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (at which comedian Michelle Wolf generated controversy of her own over her remarks about Sanders) — all of which pointed to a counterfeit account:
hey folks, please stop circulating this. its fake. its from a fake/parody/joke/hoax facebook account called USAPressSecretary. sanders’ real accounts havent posted anything. pic.twitter.com/5niZUhqjXJ
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 30, 2018
The @USAPressSecretary page’s “About” section states:
My official page was hacked on April 30th, so I’ve created this personal page for the time being, but we found no evidence that Sarah Huckabee Sanders was using a different Facebook account prior to that time which was suddenly “hacked.”
Shortly after we made inquiries of the White House press office and Facebook to confirm the status of the @USAPressSecretary) account, it was apparently deactivated.