Trump shares doctored video of Biden with ‘manipulated media’ Twitter tag

Source: Politico | September 16, 2020 | Quint Forgey

The social media platform has taken a more aggressive approach in recent months to countering misleading posts by the president.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday shared a doctored video of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that was flagged by Twitter, the latest instance of the White House and its allies spreading misinformation online.

Shortly after midnight, Trump retweeted a segment of Biden’s speech Tuesday in Florida, where the former vice president sought to rally Latino voters alongside celebrity surrogates such as Luis Fonsi, the Puerto Rican-American singer.

During the campaign event, Biden began playing Fonsi’s hit 2017 song “Despacito” from what appeared to be his mobile phone, raising the device to his lectern’s microphones and bobbing his head along to the music.

But in the edited video retweeted by the president — which Twitter labeled as “manipulated media” — the song played by Biden is the 1988 protest rap “F— tha Police” by the hip hop group N.W.A.

“What is this all about?” Trump wrote in an accompanying message.

He retweeted the same video again later Wednesday morning, writing: “China is drooling. They can’t believe this!”

Trump also retweeted another doctored video of Biden’s speech Monday in Delaware, which focused on climate change.


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