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The Trump Campaign Shared a Biden Video So Deceptive It Was Censored by Facebook and Twitter

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here.Facebook on Monday flagged a video that appears to show Joe Biden endorsing Donald Trump as featuring “partly false information,” hours after the former vice president’s campaign accused the social network of “malfeasance.” Facebook’s decision came hours after Twitter took similar action, enforcing…

The Trump Campaign Shared a Biden Video So Deceptive It Was Censored by Facebook and Twitter

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Facebook on Monday flagged a video that appears to show Joe Biden endorsing Donald Trump as featuring “partly false information,” hours after the former vice president’s campaign accused the social network of “malfeasance.”

Facebook’s decision came hours after Twitter took similar action, enforcing new rules introduced last month to tackle fake and misleading content.

The clip of a speech Biden gave on Saturday was shared on Twitter that day by Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, and boosted significantly when the president retweeted the video to his 73.5 million followers later in the day, adding: “I agree with Joe.”

To date, the video has been viewed more than 6 million times on Twitter alone.

The video appears to show Biden saying: “We can only re-elect Donald Trump.”

But the clip had been selectively edited to remove critical context at the end of the sentence. What Biden said in full was this: “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s gotta be a positive campaign.”

(Scavino also incorrectly claimed the speech was made in St. Louis, when it actually happened in Kansas City. Biden did deliver a similar line in a speech in St. Louis earlier in the day.)

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On Sunday, Twitter decided that the video was a breach of its new misinformation rules, and flagged the video as “manipulated.” It’s the first time the company has applied the label after it introduced new guidelines around fake or misleading videos in February.

Facebook initially appeared to refuse to follow suit, a decision that angered the Biden campaign.

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