The Brief: People are sending tweets with faux disclaimers that say "official sources stated that this is false and misleading" or "this claim is disputed."
Twitter recently introduced features that can flag false and/or misleading tweets. Twitter users are responding by making memes imitating the feature which has infamously been used on Donald Trump’s tweets. “Official sources stated that this is…” and “this claim is disputed” memes allow people to make statements and then add a comedic disclaimer to them stating whether they’re true or false.
By adding the ⓘ symbol to tweets, people can make the disclaimer look more convincing, but these memes are typically more focused on making jokes than they are on critiquing Twitter’s content moderation policies. This meme format is particularly popular on stan Twitter where people are making statements about the people and groups they adore.
The Houston Astros are the 2017 Word Series Champions.
ⓘ 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴.
— Amanda Smith (@AmandaRTubbs) November 17, 2020
The Sims 2 is the best Sims game. 😍
ⓘ Official sources stated that this is fucking true.
— Crosimmer (@Crosimmer) November 17, 2020
I finished all my assignments
ⓘ Official sources stated that this is extremely false
— MaramAlalwi🇧🇭 (@MaramAlalwi) November 17, 2020
liam payne should be protected and happy at all costs for being such an amazing human being.
ⓘ Official sources stated that this is true
— mae ♡’s kissy & anna. (@loadslouve) November 17, 2020
just had sex with my wife. she was very satisfied with it 💯
!⃝ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱
— eric curtin (@dubstep4dads) November 17, 2020
Augustus: I RESTORED THE REPUBLIC!!!!
— Dr Rob Cromarty (@DocCrom) November 17, 2020
i think i saw you in my sleep darling
!⃝ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱
— emo ass gf (@_bitchidiot) November 17, 2020
Feeling great lately!
!⃝ This claim is disputed by official sources
— carlos (@carloshevia9) November 17, 2020
I AM THE MOST EASYGOING MOTHER YOU’LL EVER MEET! EVERYONE SAYS SO!
⚠️ This claim is disputed by her husband and children ⚠️
— Snarky Mommy (@SnarkyMommy78) November 16, 2020
ⓘ This Claim is disputed pic.twitter.com/wAzI9lhK9T
— ₮ⱧɆ V₳₲ɄɆ (@JigarPeTrigger) November 17, 2020