Twitter used its first “manipulated media” label in a political tweet – here’s what it looks like
The tweet comes from the White House’s social media director.
If you are an avid social media user, you’ve undoubtedly seen where companies like Facebook and Twitter are trying to crack down on an influx of fake and altered media, with much of the focus on that of political messages.
Now, it seems Twitter has made use of its new manipulated media tag, using it to flag a post from the White House’s social media director, which was then retweeted by Donald Trump. The video in question, one of Joe Biden, is edited to make it looks like he supports the re-election of Trump (or something, who knows what the point was, Scavino’s Twitter feed is an illegible jumble of Trump support and conspiracy theories) and frames him as “Sleepy Joe.”
The Washington Post states that this is the first time Twitter has used the new tag.
Just in: Twitter applied its new manipulated media label for the first time to a deceptively edited video of Joe Biden. It was shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino, and retweeted by the president. pic.twitter.com/PggcCwMNkx
— Cat Zakrzewski (@Cat_Zakrzewski) March 8, 2020
The video posted by Scavino ends with “We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” while the actual statement from Biden ends with “We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s gotta be a positive campaign.” Was it framed weirdly from Biden? Sure, but he’s talked about that before.
As of this morning, the tweet does not show the manipulated media tag for me, but our own Kevin Raposo saw the tag yesterday (but does not see it this morning, begging even more questions). The Washington Post’s Cat Zakrzewski notes that the “warning is not showing up in the Tweet detail right now, but it is in individuals’ timelines. The company is working on a fix.”
Trump supporters are, of course, spinning this into saying it’s not manipulated media, but that is such a ridiculous argument that I doubt (/hope) these people don’t really believe that. Sure, it’s not manipulated in terms of a deepfake, but the video is cut off (and Scavino’s tweet) implies that its meaning is different from the actual, intended meaning. Sounds pretty manipulative to me.
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