By: Connor Gray
Between fake news and political blowhards, managing the truth on social media is getting extremely difficult. This week I wanted to write a thank you to one of my favorite Twitter accounts on social media platforms: @realdonaldcontxt
A division of Washington Post, “Real Donald Context” takes apart each of our 45th president’s excessive and intense tweets and analyzes them for the truth. It’s really just to assume that this man is lying because you don’t like him for his opinions. The well-established news source, Washington Post has taken it upon themselves to fact-check each of his tweets and explain the meaning behind each ambiguity.
Recently, they launched an actual plug-in for your browser that will analyze Trump’s tweets in real time on his actual account to let you know what’s going on. Lately, it seems like we are getting bombarded with so many opposing facts that I depend on reputable news/media outlets to unravel and untangle the truth from the lies.
They’re event quick to let you know about who’s actually posting the tweet, Trump or a staffer. A programmer with an organization called Stack Overflow, David Robinson, analyzed 1000s of tweets and found of the best ways to confirm who is tweeting. It’s been established that the POTUS account has tweeted from both an iPhone and an Android phone. Based on the content from each phone’s tweets, it’s been determined that Trump uses the Android (he would use an Android…). From there, the Post has been able to hone on specific spurts of nonsense and establish some coherence.
The best plight to ignorance is information. I think it’s genius. What better way to combast Twitter misinformation than with Twitter information?
My handsdown favorite of the corrections happens to be:
Bump, P. (2016, December 19). Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets — in the tweets themselves. Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/16/now-you-can-fact-check-trumps-tweets-in-the-tweets-themselves/?utm_term=.8b01ab2381ec
Real Donald Context Twitter: https://twitter.com/realDonaldCntxt