Twitter Marks Edited Biden Video Retweeted by Trump With 'Manipulated Media' Tag

Twitter has marked an edited video of former Vice President Joe Biden seemingly endorsing President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection bid, which Trump has retweeted, with the platform's new "manipulated media" tag.

In an address in Kansas City, Biden told a crowd, "We can only re-elect Doanld Trump if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It's gotta be a positive campaign so join us." Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media at the White House, shared an edited and misleading version of Biden's speech to Twitter on Saturday that shows the Democratic presidential front-runner saying: "We can only re-elect Donald Trump."

Scavino referred to Biden as "Sleepy Joe," Trump's derogatory nickname for the moderate Democratic candidate. The president later retweeted the clip, writing: "I agree with Joe!"

Twitter's new Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy, implemented March 5, was applied to the tweet, a spokesperson for the social media platform confirmed to Newsweek Sunday evening. The policy's aim is to stop the sharing of "synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm."

Some users, including Newsweek, noticed that the label does not show up on the post viewed through Scavino's Twitter profile. However, the spokesperson confirmed that while the "manipulated media" tag is "visible in the timeline," it's not currently showing up in Tweet detail," an issue that they are still working to resolve.

In response, Greg Schultz, Biden's campaign manager, condemned Facebook for not slapping the edited video with a similar label. "We live in an era of increasingly rampant disinformation," Schultz said in a statement. "Facebook's malfeasance when it comes to trafficking in blatantly false misinformation is a national crisis in this respect. It is also an unconscionable act of putting profit above not just our country, but every country."

"Facebook won't say it, but it is apparent to all who have examined their conduct and policies: they care first and foremost about money and, to that end, are willing to serve as one of the world's most effective mediums for the spread of vile lies," Schultz added. "That is repugnant, and it should be called out for what it is. Their unethical behavior is not acceptable, and it must change."

Newsweek reached out to the White House and Facebook for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

As Trump gears up to face either Biden or Senator Bernie Sanders in the November 2020 presidential election, social media outlets have come under increased pressure to regulate misleading political information in recent months. At the time of publication, Scavino's post had been viewed 5.8 million times and garnered more than 70,000 likes.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a full crowd during the Joe Biden Campaign Rally at the National World War I Museum and Memorial on March 7, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Kyle Rivas/Getty