The White House deleted Wednesday’s tweet about US pensioners receiving the “biggest increases in social security check checks” in 10 years. This was after Twitter added a note by users, highlighting the lackluster context.
The White House stated in a tweet that senior citizens have received the highest benefit increase in ten years, “thanks to President Biden’s leadership.”
However, users claimed that the boost was actually due to the annual cost of living adjustment triggered high inflation. This mechanism is known since 1972.
“Seniors are likely to see an increase in their Social Security benefits as a result of the annual cost adjustment. It is based on inflation. In 1972, President Nixon signed automatic benefit adjustments that were tied to the Consumer Price Index.
Karine Jean Pierre, White House press secretary, said that the tweet had been deleted because it “did not have that context”, according AFP.
This was part of Twitter’s Birdwatch program. If enough people have a wide variety of opinions, they add comments to the relevant posts.
Elon Musk is a tech billionaire who bought Twitter last week. He praised the new community notes feature and stated that his goal was to make Twitter the best source of information on Earth.
Spike Cohen (Libertarian Party’s nominee to be the US vice president in 2020) said that the White House had deleted his tweet.
Musk replied: “The system is working.”
The system works
Elon Musk (@elonmusk). November 2, 2022
A number of US media reports indicate that Musk is planning to make Twitter a haven where “free speech” is possible.
It said that there were exceptions as high-impact violations that would cause real-world harm can be handled manually.