Biden Gas Price Tweet flagged by Twitter users for lack of context

Twitter users flagged a tweet from President Joe Biden after he boasted that the “most common gas price” in the country was $3.19, as opposed to the average gas price.

“Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 a gallon,” Biden said. tweeted from the @POTUS presidential account on Sunday. “It’s progress,” he added.

Twitter users then flagged the tweet under the context feature: “Readers added some context they thought people might want to know about.”

The additional pop-up note then stated:

Biden refers to the β€œmost common gas price” as opposed to the average gas price of $3,800 (11/6/22). The most common is the “mode” gas price. Neither is wrong and politicians tend to refer to whichever is lower. The mode decreases the high gas states of the equation.

The note also included links to a the wall street journal article and the American Automobile Association (AAA) gasoline price tracking website.

While the report is not a correction to Biden’s tweet, he notes that the tweet lacked context because it did not mention the national average gas price, which is 60 cents higher than the most common gas price.

According to Logthe most common β€” the mode β€” is used by, while the national average β€” the median β€” is used by AAA.

On Monday, the national average gasoline price was recorded at $3.804 after hitting a record high of $5.016 in June. Gas prices have risen 18.8% since the Biden administration took office.

This is the second time in the past week that a Biden administration Twitter account has been updated with additional context by Twitter users.

On Wednesday, the White House tweeted that seniors would get “the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years thanks to President Biden’s leadership.”

After Twitter users added context to the tweet, noting that Social Security checks are adjusted to the rate of inflation, the White House deleted the post.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.


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