Plenty of things are changing on Twitter. After Elon Musk bought the social network, he quickly started fixing many of the company’s problems. Suddenly, a tool meant to allow the community to fact-check posts started working… to fact-check the claims of prominent liberals.
Biden’s Twitter account tried to brag about low gas prices. Everyone knows gas prices continue to rise, thanks to Joe. So, after posting this tweet, the community quickly pounced to set the record straight.
From The Post Millennial:
In a Sunday morning tweet, the 79-year-old president said “Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon. That’s progress.”
Birdwatch, “a community-based approach to misinformation” that was launched in January 2021, flagged Biden’s post with added context.
“Biden is referring to the ‘most common gas price’ as opposed to the average gas price of $3.800 (11/6/22). The most common is the ‘mode’ gas price. Neither are wrong and politicians tend to reference the one that is lower. The mode diminishes high gas states from the equation,” said the note.
Well, look at that! A Democrat getting called out for dishonesty on social media. But notice, it’s still not the folks at Twitter doing the fact-checking (the company is still largely run by liberals), but users calling out Biden’s lop-sided tweet.
But soon after Biden got called out for his dishonest claim, he attacked Musk.
From The Post Millennial:
At a political reception for US Representatives Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten in Rosemont, Biden said “And now what are we all worried about: Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends – that spews lies all across the world,” according to Reuters…
“…There’s no editors anymore in America. There’s no editors. How do we expect kids to be able to understand what is at stake?” he continued.
Wow. This sounds a lot like a reaction to his recent fact-check about gas prices. Biden laments there are “no editors” anymore in America. Not sure what that means. But it sounds like a shot at the community fact-checkers that handed him a zero over his tweet.
Biden went as far as to accuse Musk of “spewing lies all across the world.” Really, Joe? He didn’t seem to worry about Twitter when the company censored Republicans and boosted Democrats.
(Remember, Biden’s White House actually got Twitter to ban a former New York Times reporter, who had long questioned his administration.)
Only now is Biden worried about Twitter, because Musk is working to level the playing field. Before Musk took over that community tool for fact-checking never seemed to work against liberals. It was only unleashed (if it ever worked) against Republicans and conservatives.
But now, Democrats are chaffing from the reality that Twitter is no longer one-sided. And suddenly, it is “spewing” lies. I guess Democrats really don’t want a fair and open Internet, just one that lets them say whatever they want with zero consequences.
- Twitter fact-checked Biden after trying to take credit for gas prices.
- Users fact-checked his tweet after Elon Musk took over the company.
- Soon after, Biden attacked Musk saying he was “spewing lies” all over the world.