Twitter tags Trump tweets about Joe Biden ‘manipulated media’

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A video tweet shared twice by US President Donald Trump’s account has been stamped with a manipulated media warning by Twitter.

The video, which appeared to show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden playing rap group NWA’s song, ‘F*** tha Police’, now displays a warning that links to collated tweets showing the actual event, where Mr Biden pulled out his phone to play Luis Fonsi’s hit ‘Despacito’ at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Florida after being introduced by Mr Fonsi.

Mr Trump retweeted the doctored video, commenting “What is this all about?”, and again some hours later, saying “China is drooling. They can’t believe this”

A screengrab. It says: A doctored video shared by Trump makes it sound like Biden played an NWA song
The warning on Mr Trump’s tweet sent users to a page displaying this explanation.(Twitter)

A Twitter spokeswoman said the video, which garnered more than 2.8 million views, was labelled based on its synthetic and manipulated media policy.

The United Spot, self-described as making satirical videos, posted the original tweet.


Mr Biden’s digital director Rob Flaherty criticised Twitter’s labelling 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 edited video alludes to the anti-police brutality protests that have swept the US of late following the police shooting of George Floyd.

Mr Trump has cast himself as a “law-and-order” President during the election campaign, in response to widespread protests.

Twitter has previously attached labels to tweets posted and shared by the President, including adding fact-checking notices on his tweets containing misleading information about mail-in ballots.


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