Last updated on June 22, 2020
Another manipulated video got tweeted because the character-challenged Trump cares little about authenticity.
“On March 9, 2020, the first video to be labelled by Twitter as “manipulated media” was tweeted by Donald Trump's social media director and retweeted by the president himself.”
Trump hasn’t learned anything in his continued foolishness. This time Trump tried to distort a human interest CNN video with a cynical messaging objective to make light of racial violence? Not even a week since a Black man got killed by a white cop pursuing him. OTOH this is what passes for Trumpian humor.
Trump is not smart enough to do meta so trying to media frame CNN’s “fakery” with a doctored video seems even more clumsy and desperate.
Twitter applied its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on Sunday to a deceptively edited video of former vice president Joe Biden. The video was shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by President Trump.
The video was the first test of a new policy the social media company implemented March 5 to label tweets that contain manipulated or synthetic media, ranging from edited videos to more sophisticated examples known as “deepfakes” that can fabricate events that never happened.
In this case, the altered video of Biden — who has surged to the front of the Democratic presidential race to face Trump in November — is based on a speech he gave Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. It was then shared on Twitter by Scavino, only edited to make it appear as if Biden inadvertently endorsed Trump for reelection.
The version of the video shared by Scavino showed Biden stumbling on a line during a speech, then saying: “Excuse me. We can only reelect Donald Trump.”
But the edited video deleted the second part of the former vice president’s sentence. The whole thing said: “Excuse me. We can only reelect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s got to be a positive campaign.”
The Politicus is a collaborative political community that facilitates content creation directly on the site. Our goal is to make the political conversation accessible to everyone.Any donations we receive will go into writer outreach. That could be advertising on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit or person-to-person outreach on College campuses. Please help if you can: