The disinformation wars heat up as the United States heads for the 2020 presidential election, and tech companies feel uncomfortable again as the referee.
On Monday, Facebook joined href = "https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/08/twitter-applies-its-new-manipulated-media-label-to-video-retweeted-by-trump/"> Twitter one video shared by Dan Scavino, director of social media at the White House, marking it as "partially wrong" and restricting its ability to spread on the platform. In the video, presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden warns of the potential for Trump's re-election, but the viral clip is reduced to a part that sounds misleading as if Biden was supporting Trump.
"Fact-Checkers rated this video as partially incorrect. We are reducing its distribution and showing warnings with more context for people who see, try to share, or already have it," a Facebook spokesman told theinformationsuperhighway. "As we announced last year, the same thing applies if a politician shares the video, if it has been otherwise verified than it was shared by others on Facebook."
At the weekend, President Trump retweeted the video on his 73.5 million Twitter Followers who say, "I agree with Joe!"
On Twitter, Scavino insisted that "the video was NOT manipulated" and agreed to a tweet, arguing that all clips on Facebook would meet the same criteria.
Tagging the video is an interesting precedent, especially given the fact that both platforms refused to respond to a deceptively edited video in the past month, in which Nancy Pelosi's spokeswoman said President Trump's situation regarding the booth the union upside down. While Pelosi actually opened the address, the video misrepresented the order of events and misleadingly showed how Pelosi tore up the speech when Trump honored members of the military.
At the time, Andy Stone, head of Facebook Policy Communications, was aggressively defending Facebook's decision to have the video spread in an irritated exchange with Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill. He argued that Facebook refuses to remove the video every day more about the interests of its shareholders than about the interests of the public. “Stone's reaction was combative at the time.
Excuse me, do you suggest that the President did not make these comments and the speaker did not tear the speech?
– Andy Stone (@andymstone), February 7, 2020
theinformationsuperhighway turned to both platforms to clarify how the Biden video violated their guidelines, while the Pelosi video didn't.
While Biden's campaign for a much-needed Super Tuesday shot in the arm starts, there are many videos on the Internet of the former Vice President's many gaffes. While critics are using Biden's stumbling blocks as evidence that he is unsuitable for the presidency, an interview earlier this year found that at least part of his occasionally stalled speech is likely due to lifelong stuttering, a disorder caused by Disorders of the flow of speech is marked.