The day may come when we have a story about Twitter that involves some good news (such as finally giving us an edit button), but today is not that day. There was a video of Joe Biden making the rounds on social media recently and it attracted a lot of attention when the President retweeted it. It was a clip of Biden saying “We cannot win this re-election, excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump.” The video was obviously cut short and lacking in context since Biden actually went on to say “if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here.”
That was enough to prompt Twitter to slap a brand new tag on posts where the video appeared. It’s their “manipulated media” marker. Rather than identifying something as completely “fake,” this designation is apparently intended to highlight deceptive, out of context editing. As the saying goes, what could possibly go wrong? (Politico)
Twitter applied its new “manipulated media“ label for the first time Sunday on an edited video of Joe Biden that a White House official posted and that President Donald Trump retweeted…
Twitter’s new policy, which went into effect on Thursday, defines manipulated posts as any photo, video or audio that has been “significantly altered or fabricated.” The company will remove the media if it is found likely to “cause serious harm,” and, regardless, at least label tweets as erroneous or doctored. In some cases, Twitter will also offer additional context about the video.
The policy coincides with a recent rise of doctored videos of politicians: There was the edited video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, making her seem as though she was drunkenly slurring words. And there was a different Biden clip edited to suggest he made a racist comment.