Twitter Users Troll The Site Into Fact-checking Their Tweets That Have Nothing To Do With The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

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“Get the Facts About COVID-19” Trolls refers to posts that intentionally trigger the Twitter fact-checking algorithm to add “Get the Facts About COVID-19” under the post, despite the post having nothing to do with the coronavirus.

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On May 11th, 2020, Twitter announced its intent to tackle misinformation regarding the coronavirus by adding a hyperlink reading “Get the Facts About COVID-19” under tweets linking 5G and the coronavirus. The hyperlink will then bring readers to a Twitter page featuring tweets and articles from journalists and medical professionals disproving the connection between 5G and the coronavirus.

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In early June of 2020, some Twitter users realized they could force Twitter to add the hyperlink to their tweets by including the words “5G” and “corona” in their tweets, even if they had nothing to do with the 5G conspiracy theory of the coronavirus. On June 7th, Twitter user @Plinz took advantage of this by using the words “5G” and “corona” in a tweet about the sun, gaining over 250 retweets and 1,000 likes (shown below, left). User @PrivatizeEdu tweeted, “I can’t wait to get a 5G. Corona is probably my favorite beer,” gaining over 120 retweets and 700 likes (shown below, right).


John Miles @PrivatizeEdu I can't wait to get a 5G. Corona is probably my favorite beer Get the facts about COVID-19 Text Font White Product Blue Line Document Logo Diagram
Others used memes about the feature. For example, user @bee_of_the_bird used the Hmm Today I Will meme to troll the algorithm, gaining over 90 retweets and 280 likes (shown below, left). User @qorg11 tweeted a Cereal Guy meme, gaining over 15 retweets and likes (shown below, right). The trolls were covered by the Daily Dot.


Mistress Womble @bee_of_the_bird Hmmm today I will get the facts about 5G Corona Get the facts about COVID-19  data-src=

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