If you are an avid user of the micro-blogging site Twitter then you are bound to have stumbled upon a specific line that has gone viral on the social media platform. It reads, ‘The claim is disputed’. While people have already started making memes and jokes about it, not many know how and why the term came about. It has been flooding our timelines and there is a reason for it! The statement is Twitter’s new way of flagging and censoring out false posts and untrue claims. Only recently, it flagged 3 lakh misleading tweets regarding the US Presidential Elections including some of Donald Trump’s posts. Taking a dig at him, Twitter users are having a field day, using ‘The claim is disputed’ in some way or another, even if it doesn’t make sense!
Most users are loving it and using the phrase in the funniest way:
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
The earth is round.
(This claim is disputed)
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) November 17, 2020
— Mahwash Ajaz 🇵🇰 (@mahwashajaz_) November 17, 2020
This Claim is Disputed is the best meme of 2020
!⃝ 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐃𝐮𝐡, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝
— Sridatta Satuluri (@SRSat1998) November 17, 2020
Vegetable #Biryani is a thing.
! This claim is disputed
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) November 17, 2020
Petition for twitter to change “This claim about election fraud is disputed” to “This claim about election fraud is false”
— Tyler 🌮 (@tytacobell) November 15, 2020
This claim is disputed jokes are not already old, despite only being first circulated less than 24 hours ago
!⃝ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗽𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗱
— ♡ DR22 (@DejaRu22) November 17, 2020
>uncle hasn't updated the twitter app since 2019
>the retrded "this claim is disputed" thing doesn't show on tweets pic.twitter.com/JOvQzmZpGf
— Yaqn (@aszmea) November 16, 2020
As a beagle I am always full and never need more food.
⚠️ This claim about Beagle hungriness is disputed. pic.twitter.com/DJt6CSqRlH
— Dexter & Lenny 🐞 (@rescuedogdexter) November 17, 2020
This claim is disputed @ReallySwara pic.twitter.com/WyECBw6s0N
— Exsecular (@ExSecular) November 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut is deeply offended that people are using the phrase 'This claim is disputed' instead of 'This claim is Kangana.'
— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) November 17, 2020
Some don’t understand the big deal:
Unfollowing everyone who uses that “this claim is disputed” tag as the punchline of yet another overused and cliche stereotype about homosexuality
— A (@gubes96) November 17, 2020
I don't like making jokes about "this claim is disputed" tags on tweets because it normalizes the frankly terrifying use of social media to spread lies and disinformation.
— JellyMuppet (@JellyMuppet) November 17, 2020
This new “this claim is disputed” trend is messing up my ability to tell which tweets are from news sources
— Johnny Riggs (@JohnnyRiggs9) November 17, 2020
People tweeting 'this claim is disputed'
— Memewati (@MemewatiDT) November 17, 2020
But of course, Covid-19 has to come in in some way:
The rampant gluttony I have enjoyed during covid has not impacted my body at all.
!⃝ This claim is disputed by the button on my jeans.
— Amy! Ami! Amé! (@amyaustin) November 17, 2020
Wearing a Mask can protect you from #COVID2019
!○ THIS CLAIM IS DISPUTED
— SirishaRao (@SirishaRao17) November 17, 2020
It all started when Trump refused to accept defeat from Joe Biden in the presidential race and wrote on Twitter, “I WON THE ELECTION!” a week after the Democratic candidate was declared the next president. Trump’s post was marked by Twitter as disputed information, with the disclaimer “multiple sources called this election differently”. Several trends have popped up on the social media platform in the past but this one has surely sent the entire world of Twitter into fits of laughter.
I won the Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
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However, there are many who have been defending Trump, claiming the elections were a “fraud”. Biden, on the other hand, remains unfettered by the accusations of Trump and his supporters. Instead, the newly-elected leader has already been tweeting about his upcoming term. “Americans want us to cooperate. They want us to deliver results. That’s the choice Kamala and I will make. That’s why I am pleased that today we were able to bring together business and labor leaders to make that choice with us. We’re all Americans. Let’s get to work together,” he posted yesterday.