Elon lying with charts

MartinMahler Administrator, Moderator, Astrato PMs, Employee Posts: 11 admin
edited November 2022 in Inspiration

I originally posted this on LinkedIn, but I believe it should also live here to trigger a more knowledgable discussion :)!

Elon Musk recently posted this chart, highlighting a promising daily active users growth trend since he took over Twitter. 🐤

But is it truly a promising trend or just a lying chart?

📈 Looking at the y-scales, you can see they're broken, which is a standard technique to visually overstate very small changes, in this case, a 1.3% change in growth. If the y-axis started at zero, you'd barely see any trend other than a flat line.

📆 Seasonality... US mid-term elections result in higher than normal traffic to news outlets, likely including Twitter. Could be the reason for the 1% uptick in Nov after all...