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"Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:48:42."

Source: state.gov/biographies/donald-j

No I wonder... did someone hack this? Did he resign? What happened?

Update: several media outlets are blaming a "disgruntled staffer" for this.

@gudenau
It shows three different times (:48, :40, :39) depending on... Nothkng really, randomness? It changed for me twice in two minutes.
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@fribbledom in a chat I'm in it's suspected to be transition-related, apparently Pence is also showing that way

@hypolite @fribbledom @bhtooefr Not sure I noticed that via archive.org snapshots of the page too.

BuzzFeed is confirming that its vandalism by a staffer though.

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Is there a timezone on that? Everywhere in the US 19:48 is the future. Is it adapting to the browser's timezone or IP?

@cjd

I have no idea, really. I assumed it would be UTC, but only because that's the only timezone that made sense (with that timestamp).

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"Sources tell @BuzzFeedNews a "disgruntled staffer" is behind the State Department site's change of Trump and Pence's biographies. "

@fribbledom looks like the timestamp keeps growing so probably an error. Maybe some intern started writing the page and hit publish.

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@informapirata

Checking the source of the page I noticed a wrong order of the tags.

<p><strong> Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:38:51.</p></strong>

@fribbledom

Certainly odd!

If Trump is resigning, this indicates it is happening tonight and has not already happened. Also the time itself is weird, because a human would tend to use an hour or half-hour mark for something like this.

@fribbledom

> A Disgruntled Employee Changed The State Department’s Website To Say That Trump’s Term Ends Today, Sources Say. buzzfeednews.com/article/chris

(Buzzfeed, so caveats. But it seems legit.)

@fribbledom Seems like an error, judging by the fluctuations in time, whether that’s hack-related I am unsure, possibly some tired underpaid programmer started writing the page just in case of a resignation (I doubt it) or ‘eviction’ and whacked it out to upload.

@fribbledom Must be a hack. Nothing on any american news about him resigning.

@joacim @fribbledom Trump can't announce his resignation without Twitter account...

@fribbledom i wouldn't be surprised if someone just started preparing content. There is the same content on Pence's page state.gov/biographies/michael-

@fribbledom they said on twitter that it was "published by a disgruntled employee"

@fribbledom (.... i'm not actually sure whether they said it on twitter or elsewhere or the exact phrasing they used, please don't quote me on that haha)

@fribbledom

Domain is almost certainly real…

organisation: General Services Administration
organisation: Attn: QTDC, 2E08 (.gov Domain Registration)
address: 10304 Eaton Place
address: Fairfax Virginia 22030
address: United States

@fribbledom

Time has changed. Now reads "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:22."

However, it didn't change further when I refreshed several times.

So weird.

@fribbledom

More…

Looking at the page source I find a meta tag in the <head> with yet a different time:

> <meta property="og:description" content="Donald J. Trump&#039;s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:20." />

The <body> contains a <div> with the class 'entry-content' and that contains this:

> <p><strong> Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:22.</p></strong>

@fribbledom does that mean it hasnt ended, if its 19:48:42 washington d.c. time or is it in utc :blobthinkingeyes:

@fribbledom I'm getting 19:39:22. It's possible the state dept. is trolling, as weird as that sounds

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@Tritium @fribbledom I'm gonna feel awful if it goes full trumpofash 5 seconds before new white guy's inauguration or the old one's 25thing :/

@fribbledom I've been continuously surprised there haven't been more disgruntled staffers.

@fribbledom stupid and childish, no need for leaving graffiti on the ass of the hog halfway out the barn door

@fribbledom I think so too, the time is never the same.

@fribbledom
"UPDATE: Sources tell @BuzzFeedNews a "disgruntled staffer" is behind the State Department site's change of Trump and Pence's biographies. More TK. t.co/5Gbb3cEhRK"

@fribbledom

Looks hacked. It's unusual that the State Department's biography page even has the president's page to begin with, and Archive.org does not show this page dated before today.

web.archive.org/web/2021011119

@fribbledom "We’re sorry, this site is currently experiencing technical difficulties.
Please try again in a few moments."

@fribbledom I guess it’s true that we have no record of his term after that.

@fribbledom To be fair, there is every evidence he has abandoned his post.

@fribbledom but my mom said that possibly Biden was executed and that now a deep fake of Biden is the pretend president while Trump still rules!

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