After the indictments against members and advisors of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign came to light, rumours are circulating that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner “scrubbed” (i.e. deleted) all the tweets on his Twitter account.
Links to an empty Twitter account with Jared’s name and photo started to spread online, with many accusing Trump’s son-in-law of hiding potentially damaging tweets.
However, this isn’t the case. While it is true that Jared’s official Twitter account is indeed empty, in reality, Jared takes a much different approach to Twitter than his Commander-in-Chief father in law, Donald Trump. And that is to say, he simply doesn’t use the service.
It has been reported for some time that Kushner doesn’t appear to ever use the service, despite having registered an account back in 2009 and (at the time of writing) accrued well over 50,000 followers.
To say that he has never tweeted may be an overstatement, however. Various services can archive tweets, even ones that have been deleted. Archives of Kushner’s account do reveal a handful of tweets, but these are from 2011, long before Trump would have ran for president. Those tweets, one of which was a request for a freelance journalist job, have at some point since 2011 been deleted.
In any case, a high profile Twitter account scrubbing their Twitter accounts of “offending” material (as suggested by many spreading this rumour) would be wholly pointless (nay, counter-productive) since it is common knowledge that such tweets (even deleted ones) are archived, and any timely deletion of a particular tweet is only going to have the [presumably] opposite intention in that it would likely result in drawing attention to it instead.
As such, no, Jared Kushner hasn’t scrubbed his Twitter account, because there were (barely) no tweets to speak of to begin with.