Trump official at war with Twitter after this warning uses ‘manipulated media’ for edited Biden video
Donald Trump’s White House at war with Twitter after the platform first warns “manipulated media” of edited video by Joe Biden who seems to say “we can only re-elect Donald Trump”
- Dan Scavino, White House social media director, posted a clip of Joe Biden speaking in St. Louis on Saturday
- The clip shows Biden stumbling over his words and then he says: “We can only re-elect Donald Trump”
- Twitter labeled this clip as “manipulated media” and said it met the requirements set out in a new policy intended to prevent the use of deepfakes
- Scavino and other conservatives protested that the Biden clip was not “manipulated”, but merely clipped
- The clip was edited in the middle of the sentence, with Biden actually saying: “We can only re-elect Donald Trump if we are actually dealing with this circular firing squad.”
Conservatives were in arms after Twitter tagged a video from Joe Biden that was shared by the manipulated media of Dan White, the social media director of Dan White.
On Saturday, Scavino shared a video clip of “Sleepy Joe” Biden, speaking in St. Louis, Missouri, where he rumbles the word of his speech and finally says, “We can only re-elect Donald Trump.”
The video is shortened so that the rest of Biden’s point is cut off: “We can only re-elect Donald Trump if we actually engage in this circular firing squad.”
Twitter has tagged a video that President Trump has retweeted as “manipulated media,” because he lets Joe Biden speak, but cuts him off, so it looks like he approved Trump
White House Director of Social Media shared the clip on Saturday and for the first time ever Twitter labeled something as ‘manipulated media’
Then Scavino protested against the move of Twitter and said: “this video has NOT been manipulated.” Thanks to the new Twitter policy, the social media site can apply a label for content that is misleading
Dan Scavino agreed that Twitter created a “dangerous precedent” by calling something “manipulated” – while in reality it was simply edited so that the context was not there
“It must be a positive campaign,” the former vice president said.
Last month Twitter has a new ‘synthetic and manipulated media policyand the company said it would start enforcing the policy on March 5.
The policy warns that content can be labeled if it is “substantially and misleadingly altered or invented” or “shared in a misleading manner.”
If the content is likely to “affect public safety or cause serious damage,” the policy allows Twitter to remove the content.
The policy is intended to inform users when they are watching deepfakes.
Deepfakes are digitally modified videos where technology is used to literally put words in someone else’s mouth.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com that the video from Scavino was labeled based on the new policy.
This is the first tweet to which the label has been applied.
Benny Johnson of Turning Point USA argued that the content was not manipulated, but merely shortened
FCC commissioner Brendan Carr warned that “established gatekeepers,” in this example Twitter, responded to political content that they did not like by labeling it as “hacked deep fakes, illegal content, and misleading cheap fakes.”
And due to a technical error, the “manipulated media” warning is not displayed every time it is shared.
Twitter is working on a solution.
Scavino and a number of conservative allies have protested that the video clip was labeled in this way.
“The video has NOT been manipulated,” tweeted Scavino.
The video was not a deepfake, but was edited in such a way that the comments of the former vice-president were taken out of context.
Scavino also agreed with ‘100%’ that Twitter created a ‘dangerous precedent’ by calling his clip manipulated.
Benny Johnson, the chief creative officer of the young conservative group Turning Point USA, argued that the video was simply shortened.
“That means that every clip on Twitter is ‘manipulated’,” Johnson argued.
Brendan Carr, a Trump commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission, also agreed.
“Disinformation” is the new disinformation, “he argued. “We see a deliberate and coordinated effort by established gatekeepers to compare political speeches they don’t like with the completely separate categories of practiced deep fakes, illegal content and misleading cheap fakes,” he tweeted Sunday night in reference to Scavino’s tweet.