Twitter refused to tag a manipulated video of President Trump after the Trump Campaign requested it was tagged.
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) March 17, 2020
Twitter on Thursday denied a request by President Trump’s campaign to put a “manipulated media” warning tag on content spread by Democrats under the social media giant’s new policy aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation.
According to emails reviewed by The Hill, the Trump campaign flagged new content on Twitter that it said had been deceptively edited to make it seem like the president had called the coronavirus a “hoax.”
At issue is a new video that has been viewed millions of times featuring audio of Trump saying: “The coronavirus, this is their new hoax.”
Trump’s full quote was: “Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’, ‘Oh, nothing, nothing.’ They have no clue, they don’t have any clue … And this is their new hoax. But you know we did something that’s been pretty amazing.”
The Post determined that Trump was talking about Democratic efforts to politicize the virus, rather than the virus itself.
“The full quote shows Trump is criticizing Democratic talking points and the media’s coverage of his administration’s response to coronavirus,” the Post wrote. “He never says that the virus itself is a hoax, and although the Biden camp included the word ‘their,’ the edit does not make clear to whom or what Trump is referring.”
The Trump campaign flagged the new content for Twitter on Wednesday, but the social media company responded on Thursday to say that the ad did not violate its manipulated media policy, according to internal emails reviewed by The Hill.
“Our site integrity team has reviewed against the Synthetic and Manipulated Media Policy and determined it does not qualify for a label at this time,” the email said.
This is a perfect example of just how bias Twitter is. Even left-wing fact-checkers couldn’t defend this ad yet somehow it is allowed to stay on Twitter with no manipulated warning tag? Whether this policy is a good one in the first place is debatable. However, what isn’t debatable is how dangerous double standards are. If Twitter is going to have policies they must be equally enforced. Otherwise, the policy is meaningless.
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