Have you ever read a tweet and thought ‘That’s incredible. How can that be true?’ Next time take a moment to question before you retweet. Accounts like @uberfacts deal in the sensational but infrequently offer an explanation or provide information about their sources. But they have a considerable authority. Uberfacts currently has in excess of 13.1 million followers [02/2016] and the reality is that a recognisable account with a little blue tick is enough for us to believe them.
It’s very rare that we take the time to fact check, instead we accept these tweets, taking the true, the false and the ambiguous all at face value. Here at The Untweetable Truth we take accuracy seriously. It’s bad practice to propagate inaccurate scientific information – particularly when so often these Twitter accounts deal with serious subjects like mental and physical health.
This website aggregates tweets from @uberfacts and expands on them to clarify information, find evidence to support their claims, or dispel myths. Often the truth is far more interesting than the tweet. The fundamental problem with Twitter is that 140 characters is insufficient to fully explain the science behind the facts, so we are left with sensation without substance. Here we will provide explanations so next time you hear an @uberfacts tweet you’ll be able to tell the whole truth.
If you would like to contribute writing or suggest a tweet to be fact checked email us at info@and we’ll be happy to hear from you!