Twitter fact-checks owner Elon Musk over ‘Dune’ quote

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New Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk was fact-checked by his own platform on Tuesday after he incorrectly attributed a quote to the science fiction epic “Dune.”

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“Radicalism is always an act of repressed doubt,” Musk tweeted, alluding to Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, which was recently turned into a blockbuster film.

Users quickly pointed out that the quote is actually by the prolific Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

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The fact check came in the form of Twitter’s new Community Notes feature, which aims to “create a better-informed world by empowering people on Twitter to collaboratively add context to potentially misleading Tweets.”

Musk cited the recently launched feature earlier this month, saying it is a new version of Twitter’s pilot program Birdwatch.

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“Birdwatch (soon to be renamed Community Notes) has incredible potential to improve information accuracy on Twitter!” the billionaire tweeted.

The feature has been used to flag other powerful individuals, including a White House tweet that incorrectly credited President Biden with increasing Social Security payments.

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Elon Musk was fact-checked after incorrectly attributing a Carl Jung quote to the novel Dune.


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It was the same fact-checking function that recently corrected a White House tweet.


This is one of the many notable changes Twitter has made under Musk’s ownership.

The platform is deleting popular accounts, preparing for the launch of its new $7.99 “Twitter Blue” subscription option and cutting its workforce.

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