Donald Trump Jr. challenges Hunter Biden to debate

Tuesday, 10 Mar, 2020

Twitter labeled the edited video as "manipulated media" under its new policy to address fake or misleading videos, audio, and pictures. Among the concerns: The label is quite small. The video had at least 5 million views and more than 21,000 retweets as of Sunday evening.

Under the heading "hoax alert", Lead Stories pointed out that the video was "edited to remove the rest of the sentence to imply that Biden had mistakenly said that only Trump could win the 2020 presidential election".

By the end of the night, Trump had shared the video twice, writing, "I agree with Joe!".

In this case, the altered video of Biden - who has surged to the front of the Democratic race to oust Trump in November - is based on a speech he gave in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday.

"We can only re-elect Donald Trump if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here", the former vice president had said. "It's gotta be a positive campaign".

On Monday, Facebook a href="https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/08/twitter-applies-its-new-manipulated-media-label-to-video-retweeted-by-trump/" joined Twitter in flagging a video shared by White House Direction of Social Media Dan Scavino, marking it as "partly false" and limiting its ability to spread on the platform.

The clipped version cuts off the last part of Biden's statement, making it look like he finished his thought by saying, "W$3 e can only re-elect Donald Trump". And there was a different Biden clip edited to suggest he made a racist comment. It was also tweeted by prominent conservative radio host Mark Levin, Fox News host Sean Hannity and conservative websites such as Townhall and RedState as well as by some Sanders supporters with substantial Twitter audiences. The spokesperson said it was showing up in people's timelines, and that the company was working to fix the bug.

Mr. Biden's campaign has complained about false online ads by Mr. Trump's re-election campaign before, beginning last October with an ad that ran on Facebook and other social media outlets that asserted that Mr. Biden had bribed the Ukrainian government to stop an investigation into Mr. Biden's son.

"Facebook's malfeasance when it comes to trafficking in blatantly false information is a national crisis", he tweeted.

In addition to the labels, Twitter said it could also warn people before they retweet or like the tweet, reduce its visibility or prevent it from being liked, or create a landing page with an additional explanation or more context about the offending post.

"Their unethical behaviour is not acceptable, and it must change".