The Trump campaign is demanding Twitter to apply its new standards for “manipulated media” to the Biden campaign after one of its videos was tagged as misleading while Team Biden freely shares false content.
In a letter to Twitter’s leadership on Monday, Trump campaign Chief Operation Officer Michael Glassner condemned the company for tagging one of its videos showing former Vice President Joe Biden saying, “We cannot win this re-election. Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump,” as misinformation while the Biden campaign continues to publish similarly doctored content uncensored.
“Understandably, the Biden campaign has a strategic interest in intimidating social media companies into suppressing true and embarrassing video evidence of Joe Biden’s continued inability to communicate coherently – a sad truth that has been publicly noted by Democrats and media figures alike,” Glassner wrote.
The Trump campaign executive continued to accuse the company of employing a “Biden protection rule” to protect the former vice president.
“Still, it appears that many people employed by Big Tech corporations in Silicon Valley are assisting the Biden campaign by instituting a special ‘Biden protection rule’ that effectively censors and silences legitimate political speech Biden’s campaign and its supporters do not like,” said Glassner.
The Trump campaign pointed to a video published by the Biden campaign earlier this month as an example of a video that clearly violates Twitter’s new rules on edited content. In the video, Trump is shown characterizing the WuFlu (coronavirus) as a “hoax.”
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Glassner explains that the video prominently features two clips of Trump “spliced together to fabricate a quote and give viewers the false impression that he called the coronavirus a ‘hoax.’” But Trump said no such thing, and the claim has been debunked by left-leaning fact-checkers, prompting even Facebook to tag such characterizations of Trump’s remarks as fake news.
Glassner also criticized the Biden campaign’s usage of Trump’s remarks on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. where Democrats and media elites have twisted Trump’s comments to call neo-Nazi’s “very fine people,” which is also false. Trump instead called those on both sides of the issue surrounding the removal of historic Confederate statues as “very fine people,” not white supremacists.
Lastly, the Trump campaign pointed out that the Biden team took Trump’s words out of context when declaring “the American dream is dead.” The second part of the sentence reads, “but if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before, and we will make America great again.”
Twitter’s new policy, formally called the “Synthetic and Manipulated Media Policy,” says users “may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm.” The new rule went into effect on March 5 after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared a video masking his opponents’ voices on the debate stage as crickets when asked if any had started a business.