Elon Musk’s Twitter context-checked a now-deleted White House tweet that brags about increased Social Security benefits for seniors amid concerns about the spread of misinformation and fake news on the platform.
On Tuesday, the official White House Twitter account tweeted: “Seniors get their biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years from the President [Joe] Biden’s leadership.” The tweet failed to mention that payments rose automatically as US inflation hit its highest level in decades.
A Twitter feature called bird watching, which launched before Musk bought the platform and allows users to add “helpful” context to “potentially misleading” tweets, was activated after the White House published the tweet. A reference to the increased inflation appeared under the tweet, which was deleted by the White House a short time later.
Musk responded to libertarian activist Spike Cohen’s tweet, detailing the sequence of events tweet“The system works,” while sharing a “rolling on the floor laughing” emoji.
The new owner of Twitter answered to another tweet on the incident, praising the “great” birdwatch feature, while adding that the “platform’s goal is to make Twitter the most accurate source of information on earth, regardless of political affiliation.”
The White House tweet’s deletion came as others on the platform deliberately circulated fake news claiming that former President Donald Trump had died, likely highlighting concerns that Musk’s stance on “free speech” and new Twitter policies are misinformation would allow.
Musk’s plan to offer “blue check” verification and “priority treatment” for $8 a month has come under particularly heavy fire, with critics arguing the plan could stifle speech from those who don’t pay and potential impersonation and could aid in the spread of misinformation.
The White House’s decision to delete the tweet after the contextual note appeared was also heavily criticized. Prominent Conservatives widely denounced the White House, although other Blue Check users such as CNN fact checker Daniel Dale also criticized the tweet and deletion.
“Why did the White House delete this tweet?” Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee tweeted. “If Biden wants ‘credit’ for inflation, he’s got it!”
“I’m glad to hear that the White House is finally ready to admit that this sky-high inflation is their fault,” he said. tweeted GOP Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
“Oops!” Republican Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky tweeted. “The White House deleted this tweet after context showed that Biden was basically bragging about causing massive inflation.”
valley written down that the White House had tried “quite a twist” before later adding tweet that the “misleading tweet about social security increases” had been deleted. He also said Biden failed to acknowledge the connection between inflation and payment increases when speaking personally about the increase.
The White House defended the deletion on Wednesday, suggesting the message was removed because it was “incomplete.”
“Look, the tweet wasn’t complete,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press conference. “Typically when we post a tweet, we post it with context, and it didn’t have that context.”
“In the past, we’ve indicated that seniors’ Medicare premiums will decrease for the first time in over a decade, even as their Social Security checks increase,” she continued. “That’s a bit of context that wasn’t included.”
Jean-Pierre went on to credit the Biden administration with helping seniors “pre-empt inflation due to the rare combination of rising benefits and falling premiums,” before citing an “ongoing” threat to the programs from “MAGA Republicans in Congress.” ‘ denounced.
In a statement received from news weekJean-Pierre argued that the administration is helping seniors “put more money in their pockets” and giving them “a little more breathing room.”
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