Twitter and Facebook “tighten up” on manipulated video shared by Donald Trump

Twitter and Facebook “tighten up” on manipulated video shared by Donald Trump

In preparation for the US presidential election, Twitter decided to declare "war" on the manipulated content. As of March 5, all Tweets that contain some type of image or video of the kind will have a warning in order to alert the public and prevent the dissemination of false information. A video shared by Donald Trump's account became the first publication to win a manipulated content tag.

The publication was originally shared by Dan Scavino, director of social networks at the White House, and later retweeted by the American president. The video in question demonstrated a montage of a Joe Biden speech. The content was edited to imply that the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate was accidentally supporting Donald Trump's re-election.

Tweet shared by Dan Scavino and then by Donald Trump

Although the social network has identified the video as manipulated content, the tag does not appear directly on the profile of those who shared the video, appearing only on the timeline of users who follow it. Speaking to The Washington Post, Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman, clarified that the company is developing a solution to the problem.

Later on, Facebook decided to act and identified the publication shared by Donald Trump as partially false information. The notice posted by the company refers to an explanation by the group of independent fact-checkers on the Lead Stories website.

Donald Trump post on Facebook

However, for those responsible for Joe Biden's election campaign, Facebook's performance was not fast enough. Even before the social network identified it as potentially false information, the video already had 1 million views. [Facebook] is only concerned with money and, therefore, is willing to be one of the most effective means of spreading lies, said Greg Schultz, campaign manager for the Democratic candidate in the international press.