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Trump campaign points out Twitter’s continued bias

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The Trump campaign on Tuesday asked Twitter to label a video posted by Democratic Nominee Joe Biden’s campaign as manipulated media. The campaign says the clip clearly takes the president’s words out of context and has been fact-checked by many publications. Twitter declined.

Biden’s tweet again splices video to make the president appear to be saying “the coronavirus, and this is their new hoax.” The Washington Post has even pointed out that the video is not correct.

“Joe Biden relies on lies and fabrications and doctored videos to attack President Trump’s phenomenal handling of the deadly virus unleashed by China,” Trump campaign spokesman Matt Wolking said. “Slow Joe can’t name a single thing he would have done differently if he had been president, other than refusing to restrict travel from China, which would have resulted in more dead Americans.”

Twitter didn’t, however, have any problem marking yet another of Trump’s tweets as “manipulated media” on Wednesday. The latest tweet targeted by Twitter is a clear parody of Biden dancing to the N.W.A. song “F-tha Police.”

Biden’s campaign has previously defended their use of the spliced video and didn’t offer a new defense Wednesday.

“Donald Trump is the most dishonest president in American history and one of the least credible human beings in the world,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said earlier this year. “We don’t trust his next-day cleanup attempt, and he has made many comments in that same vein.”

Biden’s Tuesday tweet also quotes the recent recordings from reporter Bob Woodward where Trump is heard calling the virus “killer” and “the plague.”

Twitter has been increasing their censorship of Trump’s tweets after they faced backlash for not doing a good enough job of keeping the president from spreading misinformation. The president has countered that they are being politically bias and infringing on his freedom of speech.

In May, Trump signed an executive order aimed at cracking down on social media companies.

“Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see,” Trump said. “We must seek transparency and accountability from online platforms, and encourage standards and tools to protect and preserve the integrity and openness of American discourse and freedom of expression.”

PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

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