Twitter Flagging a Inflammatory video Republican whip Steve Scales in the House on Sunday to shuffle footage of a conversation between progressive activist Eddie Barkan and Joe Biden. The video has now been dubbed “manipulation media” in a tweet from Scalaise, even though it is online.
The inflammatory video draws on references to the contexts of several Democrats and activists, but it seems that a line has been crossed by altering Barkan’s words from part of a conversation about police reform. Barkan, who has ALS, talks to an eye-tracking device.
“These are not my words. “I’ve lost my ability to speak, but not because of my agency or my ideas,” Birkin tweeted in response, adding … “You apologize to the entire disabled community.”
In a video excerpt from a lengthy discussion of policing and social services, Barkin is seen saying, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funds provided to the police?” In fact, Barkan intervened during a conversation with Biden to ask, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funds?”
In the video, Barkan’s altered phrase is followed by a dramatic black background with the words “no police”. The rule of the sheep. Total chaos. Returning to a town near you? After these indecent warnings, scales are put up for the election campaign.
The addition of these two mispronounced words to Barkan’s voice did not significantly change the meaning of the question, but the edit still crossed a line. A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the tweet violated the company’s “artificial and manipulative media” policy, although did not specify which part of the video violated the rules.
The Artificial and Manipulative Media Policy states that Twitter may “label tweets containing artificial and manipulative media to help people understand their authenticity and provide additional context.” In the policy, Twitter specifically states that “new video frames, overbought audio” and other edits are considered misleading and significant manipulation.