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Facebook and Twitter report truncated Biden video shared by Trump

The montage, which gives the impression that Joe Biden supports the American president, has been labeled as “partly false” on Facebook and as “manipulated” on Twitter.

Facebook and Twitter have flagged as “false” or “manipulated” a video of Democratic nomination contestant Joe Biden shared by Donald Trump as part of their measures against disinformation. The content, a video montage that gives the impression that Joe Biden supports the American president, has been labeled as “partly false” on Facebook and as “manipulated” on Twitter.

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With the approach of the American presidential election, the two networks are at the heart of the debate on the attitude to adopt in the face of attempts at political disinformation. Facebook has thus chosen to give carte blanche to all candidates (local or national), for their messages or their advertisements, within the limits of general rules (against nudity, the risks of physical violence or even false information on the progress of ‘a ballot).

The dominant social network starts from the principle that it is up to the public and civil society to evaluate the comments made by politicians. But he stepped in this time because this deceptive video was posted before Donald Trump shared it. “Independent reviewers have rated this video as ‘partly false’, so we are reducing its broadcast and providing context for people who see it, are trying to share it, or have shared it before,” said a spokesperson. of the platform.

Since December 2016, Facebook has paid around sixty media around the world, generalists and specialists, for the use of their “fact-checks” on its platform and on Instagram. If information is diagnosed as false or misleading by one of these media, users are less likely to see it appear in their news feed.

“We will necessarily re-elect Donald Trump …”

Twitter, for its part, has banned political advertisements. In early February, the Twitter platform also announced that it would start to fight against “manipulated” content: photo, video or audio montages that aim to deceive the public or risk harming people, by inciting violence or by infringing on their freedom of expression.

The network, widely used by Donald Trump, had indicated that these measures would apply to everyone, including its political users, from March 5. The video posted by Dan Scavino, head of social media at the White House, shows Joe Biden declaring to a crowd “We are bound to re-elect Donald Trump”. The American president then shared this montage, which had been seen more than 6 million times on Monday.

The former vice-president of Barack Obama was actually talking about the need for the Democratic Party to end the internal attacks and unite after the primaries. “We will inevitably re-elect Donald Trump if we remain in this logic of platoon execution between us,” he said during a campaign speech in Missouri.

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