President Donald Trump now has a new target in his sights. As Trump’s campaign just sent a scathing letter to Twitter’s leadership after the platform took an unprecedented step of labeling one of its videos “manipulated media.”
“The Biden campaign is scared as hell that voters will see the flood of unedited and embarrassing verbal stumbles that will continue go viral if ‘Status Quo Joe’ is the nominee,” Trump campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark told Fox News. “Twitter shouldn’t be an enforcement arm of Joe Biden’s campaign strategy, but if they choose to police every video clip they must hold his own campaign to the same standard.”
Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner wrote in that missive to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and company, “Understandably, the Biden campaign has a strategic interest in intimidating social media companies into suppressing true and embarrassing video evidence of Joe Biden’s continued inability to communicate coherently—a sad truth that has been publicly noted by Democrats and media figures alike.”
Along with, “Still, it appears that many people employed by Big Tech corporations in Silicon Valley are assisting the Biden campaign by instituting a special ‘Biden protection rule’ that effectively censors and silences legitimate political speech Biden’s campaign and its supporters do not like.”
THE COO stated they were “formally requesting that Twitter apply its new ‘manipulated media’ label to a doctored and deceptively edited video tweeted by the Biden campaign less than a week ago.”
He also declared that footage shows two different videos, “spliced together to fabricate a quote and give viewers the false impression that he called the coronavirus a ‘hoax,'” a claim that the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network has previously debunked. The president in fact called Democrats’ response to the coronavirus “their new hoax.”
Plus added, “In fact, 49 seconds after President Trump said those words, he said, ‘and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally,'” Glassner wrote. “As one CNN anchor said, ‘he’s not saying that the neo-Nazis and white supremacists are very fine people[.]'”.
Third, Biden’s video contains a 2016 clip in which then-candidate Trump claims “the American Dream is dead” — but leaves out the second part of Trump’s sentence, in which he says, “but if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”
Glassner expressed that, “Of course, this is not the first time the Biden campaign has used editing tricks to manipulate video and feed misinformation to the American people.” And further, “If Twitter is not seeking to protect Joe Biden, we urge it to correct its apparent oversight and apply its standards equally across the board.”
The controversy began when Trump communications director Dan Scavino tweeted an edited version of a Biden speech in which the former vice president appears to deliver a muddled and inadvertent endorsement of President Trump.
Sleepy Joe💤in St. Louis, Missouri today:
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 8, 2020
“Turn this primary from a campaign that’s about negative attacks into one about what we’re for, because we cannot get — re-elect — we cannot win this re-election — excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” Biden says in the edited clip.
Twitter’s new policy, which is ostensibly designed to combat the spread of false news, dubbed the Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy states that “you may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm.”
Sounds like there might be some grey area. Can Twitter enforce those rules fairly across the board?