(TheFreedomFlag.com) – Twitter wrongly flagged a clipped video of Joe Biden struggling to read from a teleprompter as “manipulated media” this week, in a move that appears to be directed squarely at President Donald Trump.
White House social media director Dan Scavino published a video of former Vice President Joe Biden stumbling over his words during a campaign rally in which he accidentally endorsed the president. Biden stopped multiple times, correct9ing himself, only to say, “We cannot win this re-election, excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump.”
Sleepy Joe💤in St. Louis, Missouri today:
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 8, 2020
Even though this is precisely what Joe Biden said, Twitter chose to label the video as “manipulated media.” This is the first instance of Twitter taking such action, and the bias has not gone unnoticed.
The move came after Twitter announced a new policy of labelling manipulated media in February. The social media giant claims they will tag “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” media to ensure people are not fooled by fake news. A sensible move, for sure, but not when it labels media that has simply been clipped.
Twitter’s new policy says, “You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm.” The platform says they “may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”
However, the label attached to Scavino’s tweet did not provide additional context. The clip was not edited or manipulated in any way, but simply cropped footage from either side of the moment referenced in the tweet.
Scavino, noting this, responded to Twitter’s claim by saying, “the video was NOT manipulated.”
The video was NOT manipulated. https://t.co/p9QrNPYOvf
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 9, 2020
Under new Twitter rules, footage must therefore be considered manipulated unless the entirety of the clip is uploaded.
Twitter has yet to roll out an update to its social media platform that allows users to publish a video that lasts more than a few minutes, however.