In an attempt to curb fake news and misleading information, Twitter came up with a new policy last month. Twitter announced that it would label fabricated or edited photos and videos which are not authentic. The rule, implemented from March 5, has been applied to a video shared by White House’s social media director, Dan Scavino.
Twitter has labelled a video shared by Scavino as “Manipulated”. Scavino, on Twitter, shared a video of former US vice president, Joe Biden giving a speech.
US President Donald Trump even retweeted the video.
This is the first time that Twitter has implemented the new rule. The media ranges from photos and edited videos which are also called deepfakes which fabricates events.
In the video shared by Scavino, Biden can be heard saying, “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s gotta be a positive campaign.”
Dan Scavino shared the video on saying, “Sleepy Joe in St. Louis, Missouri today: We can only re-elect @realDonaldTrump.” The 2020 United States presidential election are slated for November 3, 2020.
This video is reportedly fabricated, according to a report by Washington Times. The second part of the video is edited to make it appear as if Biden is endorsing Trump by saying “We can only re-elect him.”
Just in: Twitter applied its new manipulated media label for the first time to a deceptively edited video of Joe Biden. It was shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino, and retweeted by the president. pic.twitter.com/PggcCwMNkx
— Cat Zakrzewski (@Cat_Zakrzewski) March 8, 2020
Twitter rolled this feature last month. It was implemented this month.
The feature has certain technical glitches. If people are searching for the label separately on Scavino’s timeline, it is not available. However, the label which reads “manipulated” is appearing on individual timelines, according to Twitter Spokeswoman, Katie Rosborough.
Twitter, while coming up with this policy, had announced the criteria for media to be manipulated. Media is manipulated when the content is edited substantially in a manner that fundamentally alters its composition, sequence, timing, or framing, any visual or auditory information (such as new video frames, overdubbed audio, or modified subtitles) that has been added or removed and whether media depicting a real person has been fabricated or simulated.
Twitter had said that it plans to work on the manipulative media by reducing its visibility, adding labels to the tweet or by showing a warning before people liked or shared it and by providing additional explanations such as landing page with more context.