A Twitter spokesperson told The Associated Press that the manipulated media tag was added to the tweet based on the platform's policy on synthetic and manipulated media.
The United Spot often airs manipulated videos on its social media accounts, some of them attacking political figures such as Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It did not respond to a request for comment.
The United Spot shared the altered video of Biden with the caption, “Joe Biden has just ONE thing to say and it ain’t good. Listen to this.” The president retweeted that tweet.
Links to the manipulated video also appeared on Facebook on Wednesday. Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said, “The video has been fact-checked — and even before that happened, it had been removed from places where people discover content on Instagram, like Explore and hashtags.”
On Wednesday, social media users began changing the song shared in the manipulated video. The official account for the Trump campaign, Team Trump, shared an altered version of the video with audio saying, “I've loved kids jumping on my lap." Biden made the remark about children jumping on his lap during a 2017 ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware, where a pool facility was being renamed for him. Biden used to work at the pool as a lifeguard. At the event, Biden discussed how he learned about race while working at the pool, which served a predominately Black community.
On Tuesday, Biden made his first trip to Florida since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, an effort to boost support in a key battleground state. A Biden win in Florida would significantly narrow Trump's path to reelection.
The retweet is the latest effort by the Trump campaign to suggest Biden is against the police. The campaign and the Republican National Committee have falsely suggested Biden supports defunding the police. Biden has outlined plans that would redirect police funding to address mental health and make changes to the prison system.
Twitter has previously flagged Trump's tweets for containing manipulated media. In June, Twitter applied the label to an altered video shared by Trump that showed a white toddler running toward a Black toddler. The video was labeled with a fake CNN headline saying, “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby." In the original video, which was shared to tell the story of the two boys’ friendship, the toddlers meet and hug.
In July, Twitter removed a viral video shared by the president showing a group promoting the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which experts have said repeatedly is not effective at treating COVID-19.
The N.W.A. song used in the manipulated video was released in 1988 as part of the group's “Straight Outta Compton” album, which shared the rappers' experiences with racial profiling and police brutality. Numerous radio stations refused to play songs from the album, which was controversial at the time.
Associated Press writer David Klepper in Providence, R.I., contributed to this report.
Performer Luis Fonsi speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event featuring Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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