People on Twitter drew attention to a post by President Biden after he tweeted that the “most common gasoline price” in the country is $3.19, which is different from the average price of gasoline.
On Sunday, Biden tweeted using the presidential account @POTUS, “Right now, the most typical price at gas stations throughout the country is $3.19 per gallon. That’s progress,” he continued.
Users on Twitter later marked the message under the context function, saying, “Readers contributed background that they believed people may want to know.”
The following context note was added:
“Biden is referring to the “most typical gas price,” as opposed to the $3.800 national average (11/6/22). The “mode” gas price is the most common. Neither is incorrect, although politicians choose to use the lower one. The mode removes high-density gas states from the equation.”
The email also contained links to a Wall Street Journal story and the AAA’s gas price monitoring website.
Although the flagging was not intended to be a correction of Biden’s tweet, it does indicate that the tweet lacked context because it did not mention the national average price of petrol, which is 60 cents more than the most common price of gas.
According to the Journal, GasBuddy.com uses the most prevalent metric, the mode, while AAA uses the national average, the median.
After hitting an all-time high of $5.016 in June, the price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was reported at $3.804 a gallon on Monday. Since Joe Biden and his administration took office, there has been an 18.8 percent increase in the price of a gallon of gas.
Twitter users have updated a Biden administration Twitter account with additional information for the second time in the last week.
The White House tweeted on Wednesday that older citizens would see the “largest boost in their social security checks in the last 10 years as a result of President Biden’s leadership.”
After individuals on Twitter offered context to the statement by pointing out that social security payments are adjusted to the rate of inflation, the White House withdrew the post.