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.


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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