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Report finds Rishi Sunak was corrected 25 times by community notes on X

Rishi Sunak was publicly corrected on 25 separate occasions for his misleading social media posts, according to a new report report.

Research, under the direction of Pro-EU campaign group Best for Britain and first reported by The independent, also found that the Conservative Party is almost five times more likely to undergo a correction than the Labor Party.

Best for Britain came to this conclusion by comparing the number of community notes given to the posts

What are Community Notes?

Community Notes is a feature of the social media platform added in January 2023 to allow other X users to add context or explanations to posts.

Users who register as “contributors” can add notes to posts that represent different viewpoints. If many of these notes are found helpful by other contributors, they will appear as a community note under the post in question.

According to X, “Community Notes aims to create a more informed world by empowering people on X to collectively add context to potentially misleading posts.”

How many times have the Tories and Labor been corrected in this way?

Best for Britain found a total of 73 community notes linked to government accounts, compared to 15 from official opposition accounts.

26 of those posts were attributed to the official Conservative Party account, and 25 came from the prime minister, who promised at the start of his premiership to lead with “integrity, professionalism and responsibility.”

In the first week of January, Sunak was reprimanded three times for publishing misleading claims about clearing the asylum backlog, hinting at a tax cut and taking responsibility for halving inflation.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Keir Starmer has accumulated four community banknotes over the same period, while Labor’s account has seven.

David Lammy was the only shadow minister to receive more community notes than his counterpart David Cameron – Lammy has two, the Foreign Secretary none.

The group’s CEO, Naomi Smith said The results “should not be taken lightly, especially in an election year where a lack of trust can fuel dangerous populism.”

“A government that the public cannot trust to act with integrity and transparency – both essential to liberal democracy – is a government that should not be in power,” Smith continued. “We need a general election and our polls show the public wants it now.”

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