Twitter labeled a new video that was shared by President Donald Trump on Twitter as “manipulated media,” leading Trumps reelection campaign to dispute the move.
The video, later labeled as “manipulated media” by Twitter, was created by White House social media director Dan Scavino and was shared by the president. It shows 2020 Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden apparently endorsing Trump after part of his sentence was cut off.
Twitter last year produced a guideline for the 2020 election to target “video that has been significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning.” In response, Scavino said the video was “not manipulated.”
The original video showed Biden telling a crowd: “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. Its gotta be a positive campaign.” Scavinos video of Biden showed him saying: “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump.”
Some conservatives have said the video was a clear attempt to highlight Bidens frequent gaffes during speeches.
Facebook, in contrast, didnt flag the video as deceptive, according to The New York Times. The move drew a critical response from Bidens campaign.
“Facebooks malfeasance when it comes to trafficking in blatantly false information is a national crisis in this respect,” said Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz in a statement to the NY Times. “It is also an unconscionable act of putting profit above not just our country, but every country.”