Here We Go: Twitter Begins Labeling Videos Trump Shares as 'Manipulated', but Ignores Biden's Misleading Videos

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks after being endorsed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at a campaign rally Monday, March 2, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Over the weekend, the higher-ups at Twitter sent a message that when it comes to labeling videos that target political figures in a presidential election year, they intend on playing favorites.

On Saturday, White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a short video clip of Joe Biden during a recent campaign stop. The quote from Biden shown in the clip was “…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.”

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President Trump retweeted Scavino’s video and later retweeted someone else’s tweet that featured the same clip.

But in a sign of things to come in 2020 for the Trump campaign, Twitter has labeled the video “manipulated media”:

Twitter reportedly believes the video is in violation of their “Synthetic and Manipulated Media” policy because the full quote, noted below in bold, was cut off:

“…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 if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad.

But as other Twitter users pointed out, literally any video can be characterized as “manipulated” now according to Twitter’s new standards, which were rolled out on March 5th:

There are also campaign videos from Joe Biden that more obviously manipulated quotes from Trump into something they were not – yet Twitter has not labeled them as such (but of course):

Twitter appears to be holding Republicans to one standard, while holding Democratic public figures to no standards. How utterly predictable. Perhaps that will change in the near future, but until it does, gird your loins (as Joe Biden has literally advised before) …

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