The claim: Image shows a Bill Murray tweet about social media causing depression
Now, a viral Dec. 5 Facebook post purports to show a tweet authored by Murray about social media and depression.
“Social media is training us to compare our lives, instead of appreciating everything we are,” reads a post that appears to show a tweet from a verified account belonging to Murray. “No wonder why everyone is always depressed.”
“Realest post you’ll see all day,” the page captioned the post, which accumulated more than 700 reactions within a day.
But there is no evidence Murray ever made the comment about social media, and he does not have a Twitter account.
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The Facebook page that shared the post did not return a request for comment.
Tweet is fake
USA TODAY did not find any evidence that Murray said social media is training people to compare their lives, however, he has previously spoken about the topic in interviews.
“My only problem with it (social media) is that people now feel they should document their life rather than live it,” Murray told The Guardian in 2018. He went on to explain an instance where he was at a party with a DJ playing, “but you couldn’t dance without people pulling their phone out of their pocket.”
PolitiFact debunked the claim in April 2020, finding that the quote appeared online dating to at least January 2015, and it was not attributed to Murray at the time. The outlet also pointed out that there are multiple Murray parody accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
USA TODAY was unable to reach Murray.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED an image claiming to show Murray tweeted about social media causing depression. The Twitter account seen in the image is a fan page, and Murray does not have a Twitter account. USA TODAY found no evidence Murray made this comment.
Our fact-check sources:
- @BillMurray, accessed Dec. 7, Twitter page
- The New Yorker, June 13, 2014, Bill Murray, Internet Jester
- The Guardian, June 1, 2018, ‘I’m nothing but compost’: Bill Murray on good friends, bad bosses and Harvey Weinstein
- PolitiFact, April 14, 2020, No evidence Bill Murray said social media is linked to depression
- Flavorwire, March 30, 2015, Inside the Weird World of Twitter’s Celebrity-Impersonating ‘Parody’ Accounts
- USA TODAY, Oct. 22, Fact check: Image of Ben Shapiro tweet about Columbus Day is manipulated
- USA TODAY, Feb. 21, Fact check: Image claiming to show 2016 Ted Cruz tweet on climate change and Texas is fabricated
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