There is no wonder in saying that social media eventually decides the winner of the present day’s election in America and most other nations. When such a powerful tool is available for free, there will be attempts to derail the election momentum with propaganda content on these social media sites. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is currently receiving end with doctored videos and misleading content attributed to him. To provide a free and fair chance to every politician fighting the election and educating the users regarding the misleading content from the political counterparts, Twitter is starting to show warning labels on shared tweets that contain false claims and fake news.
After facing complaints that it failed to limit the spread of fake deceptive video clips targeting Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Twitter said that it would begin to show specific labels creating awareness on its platform. The complaints made it to the headlines after the altered video tweets by popular Republican officials - White House social media director Dan Scavino and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana became viral. Although their goal was to help President Trump in his re-election campaign, it didn’t last long as Twitter slapped labels on their tweets. In another attempt, the Trump campaign posted an edited video clip of Biden saying, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.” However, the context was entirely different from Biden’s perspective. The clip was originally from a speech where Biden attributes the above sentence to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. After the video went viral with several complaints, Twitter added a “manipulated media” label to the tweet.
Labeling the manipulated content was not new on Twitter, but what’s new is they are extending it to their quote retweets when a different user shares it. Twitter’s head of product, Kayvon Beykpour, confirmed that they are rolling out a quick fix to address the issue, which he named as a gap in implementing their policy against manipulated media. However, their popular dashboard app TweetDeck is yet to get the update to show the labels. On Monday, Joe Biden gave it back in style to Rep. Scalise, who posted a doctored video regarding an exchange between Biden and health care activist Ady Barkan. He tweeted, “This video is doctored — and a flagrant attempt to spread misinformation at the expense of a man who uses assistive technology. It should be removed. Now,” and it was deleted later by Scalise.
This video is doctored — and a flagrant attempt to spread misinformation at the expense of a man who uses assistive technology.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 30, 2020
It should be removed. Now. https://t.co/Bnv5H2NhZT
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