It’s a move Twitter finds itself having to make increasingly often as Election Day approaches and Trump and his allies continue to share edited and doctored videos on social media.
Users, if they see the label in the first place, can click on it to find more information — sometimes, for instance, a list of tweets from journalists explaining how the video is false. Whether they click or not, they are free to share the tweet as they see fit.
This is different from the strategy Twitter uses to address text tweets that contain voter misinformation, which have also been shared by the President. In those instances, labeling is more prominent and some restrictions are put on how those labeled tweets can be shared.
The Trump tweet that prompted a label from Twitter on Wednesday was a video that had originally showed Biden playing the song “Despacito” on his cell phone at an event with Latino voters in Florida on Tuesday.
The version Trump shared made it seem like Biden had instead played the N.W.A. song “F**k Tha Police.”
“What is this all about?” Trump asked in his tweet accompanying the video.
Over the course of Tuesday, footage of Biden rather awkward swaying to Fonsi’s “Despacito” had drawn amusement on social media. The video was prime material to be turned into a meme, with internet users easily swapping out the “Despacito” audio with a song of their choice.
For those who spend a lot of their time on the internet, it would have been clear by Wednesday morning that the video Trump shared had been dubbed. His supporters argued it was clearly a joke.
One false video shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino last month made it appear that Biden had fallen asleep during a television interview. Biden hadn’t — in fact, the interview never even happened.
That video was also affixed with a tiny Twitter label. It was eventually removed from the platform, but due to a copyright claim, not because of its falsity. By the time it had been taken down it had been viewed more than 2.4 million times.
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