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In the age of lightning-speed communication, it’s more important now than ever to have good media literacy. It’s how you can tell the difference between misinformation and actual facts. Unfortunately, some people are more than happy to click the reshare button without considering what they’re doing.

The @cnviolations account shares some of the most epic moments when community fact-checkers called out misinformation on X (formerly Twitter). Scroll down to see just how shameless some lies on social media can get... and why informative context is so important!

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As we’ve covered on Bored Panda recently, some people like to believe in conspiracy theories because it gives them a sense of control in a chaotic and confusing world. The scarier and more uncertain a situation is, the more likely that people will cling to theories that, though inaccurate, help them make sense of the world. 

Conspiracy theories aren’t backed by evidence. The people who believe in them discount any evidence that doesn’t support them. However, if you’re willing to consider evidence and are open to changing your mind when given solid proof, you’re less likely to fall victim to a conspiracy theory.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's really sad that people like this exist. Hate just for the sake of hating.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't forget Apple's battles against right to repair and going out of their way to make repairs difficult / parts unavailable.

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The world doesn’t objectively become a less complicated place because someone chooses to believe simplistic black-or-white narratives. It’s up to us to look for the nuances and embrace them, even if they’re uncomfortable or don’t match our subjective experiences or political leanings. 

A good rule of thumb is to be extremely wary of claims that are overly simplistic or have very clear heroes and villains. The world is more complicated than clean and clear fights between perfect good and total evil. That’s why context, provided by reliable sources, matters so much. 

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't believe we have to tell anyone that but here we find ourselves.

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Over 693.6K people follow @cnviolations, aka ‘community notes violating people,’which documents some of the most epic takedowns of misinformation, as done by members of the @communitynotes project—a real program meant to combat lies on X.

The @cnviolations account on X is in no way affiliated with the social network, nor the @communitynotes program. However, indirectly, it shares a lot of comedic moments and also shows to what extent some social media users twist the truth or believe in others’ lies.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You hear these flat earth people talk and you want to believe they are trolling because your brain has trouble processing that anyone is THAT stupid. But then you remember the Darwin Awards and the Florida Man news stories and you think, well, okay, maybe so.

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The actual Community Notes project has 782.8K followers and describes itself as a collaborative way to add helpful context to posts. This way, everyone using X or reading tweets (or are those called Xs now?) elsewhere, can stay better informed.

Though it’s no panacea, the project does reduce the number of people who are misled. All with the power of helpful notes!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My cousin uses a wheelchair and he used to be able to cross his legs in one. Unfortunately he can't anymore as he has got weaker but he used to

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

PETA has long gone off the deep end. It's too bad because if they'd just quit the extremism, they'd be a very effective activism organization

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The people who contribute to the Community Notes mission are regular users of the X social network. They sign up to write and rate notes. As the founders of the project point out, “the more people that participate, the better the program becomes.” It’s not like random notes show up on posts all over X, however.

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Only notes that are rated helpful by people “from diverse perspectives” appear on posts.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It amazes me what people go through to try to prove their superiority to others rather than accepting everyone is equal. Also access to trading platforms have greatly increased along with access to relevant data. Further, calculators that actually do this type of alleged math actually exist. I had one in high school in the mid 90s

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Most sharks need to have water passing through their gills to breathe, they must be in constant motion. Can we stop pulling them out of their home.

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“To identify notes that are helpful to a wide range of people, notes require agreement between contributors who have sometimes disagreed in their past ratings. This helps prevent one-sided ratings,” the Community Notes team explains in detail.

They believe that it’s vital to give X users a voice in providing informative, diverse context to posts on the network. 

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tell me you've never read Shakespeare without telling me you've never read Shakespeare...

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd LOVE to know when this misrepresentation was posted. Btw... hate of *any* ethnic group is intolerable (actual terrorist excluded)

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One of the fundamental values of Community Notes is transparency. “All contributions are published daily, and our ranking algorithm can be inspected by anyone,” the founders point out that anyone is able to see how things work “under the hood.” It’s nice to see that they’re staying consistent on the importance of openness in everything that they do.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Didn't he also start beef with Disney and was surprised they took action against him?

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Says someone who once identified as Korean despite being British, and having lived in Korea for ONE YEAR. Now professional sucker-upper and spewer of right wing talking points...

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Any contributor can suggest a note on any post. Other contributors then rate those notes. However, it’s not a popularity contest by any means. “Because notes need to genuinely be found helpful by people who tend to disagree, the program is more likely to identify notes that many people find helpful.”

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One question that X users have is whether other users can be trusted to add context to other people’s posts.

“We believe regular people can valuably contribute to identifying and adding helpful context to potentially misleading information. Many of the internet’s existing collaborative sites thrive with the help of non-expert contributions—Wikipedia, for example—and, while it’s not a cure-all, research has shown the potential of incorporating crowdsourced-based approaches as part of a broader toolkit to address misleading information on the internet,” the Community Notes team explains.

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According to surveys conducted by the project, people were 20 to 40% less likely to agree with potentially misleading posts if they could read a note attached to them. 

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This animal probably isn't having "the time of his life." However, we do not know the steps taken to acclimate the animal to this environment either.

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Which of these misinfo takedowns impressed you the most? Which ones made you giggle? What’s your personal relationship with X been like after it changed its name from Twitter? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section after you’ve enjoyed this list to the fullest, dear Pandas.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She's a dumb a** that's only relevant because of her last name and inevitable stock holdings of Hilton hotels.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always washed my turtle's shell from above and below with a soft toothbrush and warm water. This is common, but of course the turtle doesn't like it. A turtle needs a clean shell because it produces vitamins from sunlight. If you don't clean the shell and dirt, moss or algae forms on the shell, the turtle can die.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is the dirtiest nondictator human currently inhabiting earth. I volunteer him for a oneway trip to Mars.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You would think he didn't have access to the Internet and how to use Google.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Teenagers may hate to be called children, but it's technically true.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also trauma! Bug infestations of any sort can cause trauma, but bedbugs in particular are prone to causing it due to the physical and mental toll they take.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the name of the account of OP should tell everything one need to know about the factual correctness of this s**t!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even as a Palestine supporter, this is just pathetic. I thought we knew not to spread more negativity than there already exists

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So if you are 35 and have a pizza night, you are a fun mom, but if you do it at 19 then you are a terrible mom ?

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reader added context: if you see anything claiming that a young woman is allowed to be a high-ranking politician in Japan, fact check it immediately lmao

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uber is a scam. They claim they are a service to hook up private citizens, but control everything including what can be charged. And at the same time try to convince governments and such that these people aren't their employees so that they don't have to pay for their benefits. This is how you take an already low paying job in a lot of areas (taxi driver) and ring out money from it to make a few people rich. Another thing I don't understand is that if you ask people these days if they would hitch a ride and they will tell you that no way they would get into a stranger's car.

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