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, was labeled as “partly false” on Facebook and as “manipulated” on Twitter.
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).
Facebook and Twitter say keep an eye on things
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 auditors rated this video as partly false, so we are reducing its broadcast and posting context for people who see it, who are trying to share it or have already shared it, ”a spokesperson for the platform told AFP.
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.
“We will necessarily re-elect Donald Trump if …”
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 will necessarily 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 necessarily re-elect Donald Trump if we remain in this logic of platoon execution between us,” he said during a campaign speech in Missouri.