Twitter has again labelled a tweet shared by US President Donald Trump as manipulated media. This time the tweet related to presidential rival Joe Biden.
The movie, which appeared to reveal Biden playing rap band N.W.A’s tune,”Fuck tha Police,” now shows a warning that links into collated tweets showing the actual event, where Biden pulled his phone out to play with Luis Fonsi’s hit “Despacito” at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Florida after being released by Fonsi.
Trump has cast himself as a “law-and-order” president throughout the campaign, in response to widespread protests, the majority of them calm, following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis. He tweeted together with the edited video, “What is this all about?”
A Twitter spokeswoman said the video, which garnered more than 2.8 million viewpoints, was labelled based on its synthetic and manipulated media coverage. The United Spot, self-described as creating satirical videos, posted the original tweet.
Twitter has previously attached tags to tweets posted and shared by the head of state, including adding fact-checking finds his tweets comprising misleading information about mail-in ballots.
‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden’s digital director Rob Flaherty criticised Twitter’s tagging of the clip as insufficient, tweeting, “this is Trump’s second tweet on this fake video. the only notice you get is this itty bitty little flag at the bottom that it’s ‘manipulated media’ that you can barely notice.”
The Trump campaign team have not so far responded to requests for comment.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Howard Goller.
To stay on top of the latest developments across the platform economy and gain access to our problem-solving tools and comprehensive content sets, you can subscribe for just $19 per month.