Bar graph inaccuracy does not fly on Twitter.
Twitter users were quick to call out the UK’s Tower Hamlets Green Party for this confusing image that they originally posted to their Facebook page.
One Twitter user worked his editing magic and fixed the chart to reflect the right proportions.
The Tower Hamlets Green Party Twitter responded to the tweet to clarify that the chart wasn’t meant to reflect percentages — rather, the image was of three podiums that represented first, second, and third place.
Hi Ben, as the comment below on Facebook says, it’s meant to be a podium not a graph, else we’d agree!
— Tower Hamlets Greens (@thgreenparty) May 31, 2017
We can see what they were trying to achieve, but slapping percentages onto each “podium” makes the image confusing and deceptive.
Moral of the story — don’t play with percentages unless you know how to use them.