THE STORY

Fabricated tweets have become an increasingly problematic issue.

As tweets have become easier to manipulate, more of them are popping up on our social media feeds, spreading at an exponential rate.

THE STORY

Fabricated tweets have become an increasingly problematic issue.

As tweets have become easier to manipulate, more of them are popping up on our social media feeds, spreading at an exponential rate.

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Some of them are harmless – Spongebob was cancelled, the second royal baby arrived earlier than expected, and a footballer got triggered by Ikea. 

Fake nonetheless, but harmless.


Others, meanwhile, brought about severe consequences. Australian basketball player Chris Goulding was branded a racist after a fake tweet of him insulting Pinoys emerged. Journalist Alex Harris was harassed by netizens while reporting on a mass shooting when she apparently asked witnesses to send her images of dead bodies. Fans of business magnate Elon Musk were scammed of their money after he allegedly offered them a 1,000% return on their crypto-currency ‘investment’.

All these are real-life examples that brought about extremely serious consequences.


Some of them are harmless – Spongebob was cancelled, the second royal baby arrived earlier than expected, and a footballer got triggered by Ikea. 

Fake nonetheless, but harmless.


Others, meanwhile, brought about severe consequences. Australian basketball player Chris Goulding was branded a racist after a fake tweet of him insulting Pinoys emerged. Journalist Alex Harris was harassed by netizens while reporting on a mass shooting when she apparently asked witnesses to send her images of dead bodies. Fans of business magnate Elon Musk were scammed of their money after he allegedly offered them a 1,000% return on their crypto-currency ‘investment’.

All these are real-life examples that brought about extremely serious consequences.

There are three main reasons why fake tweets are being disseminated more widely around social networks in recent times.

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1. Netizens are not familiar with image manipulation.

Most web users aren’t aware of how easy it is to manipulate a tweet. Back then, one has to use an online tweet generator or possess legitimate photo editing skills to make a fake tweet. As simple developer commands started creeping into the mainstream, you don’t even need Photoshop to Photoshop a tweet these days.

As such, many believe that screenshots of tweets are genuine and reliable, hence unable to be altered.


1. Netizens are not familiar with image manipulation.

Most web users aren’t aware of how easy it is to manipulate a tweet. Back then, one has to use an online tweet generator or possess legitimate photo editing skills to make a fake tweet. As simple developer commands started creeping into the mainstream, you don’t even need Photoshop to Photoshop a tweet these days.

As such, many believe that screenshots of tweets are genuine and reliable, hence unable to be altered.

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2. Fake tweets are really powerful.

False tweets are uploaded and disseminated as images. Since rich media rank higher on Facebook’s algorithm, the fake tweets end up being more effective than traditional fake news articles in gaining traction – with much less effort invested.

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2. Fake tweets are really powerful.

False tweets are uploaded and disseminated as images. Since rich media rank higher on Facebook’s algorithm, the fake tweets end up being more effective than traditional fake news articles in gaining traction – with much less effort invested.

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the tweet verification process.

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3. The verification process is time-consuming.

Typical tweet verification can be quite a tiresome process. You’ll have to open up a new tab, open up Twitter, navigate to your target’s profile, Ctrl-F your search terms,

and spend minutes manually scrolling through their timeline till you get a hit – or not. Thus, when a fake tweet emerges and the content appears to be something the target would say, many opt not to verify.

3. The verification process is time-consuming.

Typical tweet verification can be quite a tiresome process. You’ll have to open up a new tab, open up Twitter, navigate to your target’s profile, Ctrl-F your search terms, and spend minutes manually scrolling through their timeline till you get a hit – or not. Thus, when a fake tweet emerges and the content appears to be something the target would say, many opt not to verify.

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The Solution

Did They Really Tweet That? is a browser extension by Singapore-based multimedia artist Lhu Wen Kai and software engineer Karthik Krishnan.

Having grown tired of manually verifying the countless outrageous screenshots of tweets supposedly made by public figures on his social media platforms, he decided to develop a solution that significantly shortens the verification process. Through the extension, he wants to make it easy for netizens to do their due dilligence and prevent the nasty consequences that follows when a fake tweet goes viral.

Did They Really Tweet That? is basically idiot-proof. It features a clean and intuitive UI that helps you verify the contents of a tweet against the account it supposedly originated from. And if it so happens that the unbelievable tweet you’re corroborating is, well, real, the extension will bring you right to it.

Never be fooled again.

Whether it’s to destroy a public figure’s reputation, steal one’s money, or assassinate a politician’s character, fake tweets are a serious way to inflict great harm.

You don’t want to be responsible for propagating them.

The Solution

Did They Really Tweet That? is a browser extension by Singapore-based multimedia artist Lhu Wen Kai and software engineer Karthik Krishnan.

Having grown tired of manually verifying the countless outrageous screenshots of tweets supposedly made by public figures on his social media platforms, he decided to develop a solution that significantly shortens the verification process. Through the extension, he wants to make it easy for netizens to do their due dilligence and prevent the nasty consequences that follows when a fake tweet goes viral.

Did They Really Tweet That? is basically idiot-proof. It features a clean and intuitive UI that helps you verify the contents of a tweet against the account it supposedly originated from. And if it so happens that the unbelievable tweet you’re corroborating is, well, real, the extension will bring you right to it.

Never be fooled again.

Whether it’s to destroy a public figure’s reputation, steal one’s money, or assassinate a person’s character, fake tweets are a serious way to inflict great harm.

You don’t want to be responsible for propagating them.