A misleading video clip of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been circulating on social media without warning since Saturday after being promoted by members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle.
In the 24-second clip from an interview with the Podcast Pod Save America, which is moderated by four former members of the Obama administration, you can sometimes hear Biden say: “We have, I believe, put together the most extensive and extensive including election fraud organization in the history of American politics. “
The clip was first posted by RNC Research, a Twitter account of the Republican National Committee.
In this context, it is clear that Biden is speaking of an attempt to combat the suppression of voters and to provide resources for those who want to vote, rather than an organized attempt to commit election fraud.
The clip is part of a longer response from the former Vice President to a two-part question from host Dan Pfeiffer about Biden’s message to people who have not voted and to those who have already voted.
In response, Biden encouraged people to “make a plan of exactly how you will vote, where you will vote, when you will vote. Because it can get complicated because Republicans do everything they do.” can make it harder for people, especially colored people, to choose … “
A few sentences later he went on: “I think we have put together the largest and most comprehensive electoral fraud organization in the history of American politics. The President is trying to stop people from voting by implying that their vote has won. ” Not to be counted, it cannot be counted, we will challenge it … “
Biden explains that his campaign provided legal aid to people who believe their right to vote has been challenged.
On Saturday evening, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany released the shortened clip from her personal Twitter account with the words: “BIDEN ADMITS TO VOTER FRAUD!”
Fact-checking website Snopes debunked the claim as false.
McEnany’s post has been retweeted more than 32,000 times. The clip was viewed 7.9 million times on Twitter. Eric Trump also posted the video on Twitter and Facebook without any false comments.
President Trump’s verified YouTube account also posted the clip entitled, “Joe Biden brags about having” the largest and most comprehensive VOTER FRAUD organization in history. ” It has been viewed nearly 500,000 times.
A Twitter spokesman said he would not flag McEnany or Eric Trump’s tweets. The social network did not provide any further details.
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, but the platform didn’t add any information labels or fact-checking resources to the clip.
According to Twitter’s rules, users must “not deceive synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm”. However, it is unclear whether a clip that has been taken out of context but not technologically tampered with falls into this category.
Facebook’s rigged media policy states that users should not post videos that have been “edited or synthesized” in a way that would not be apparent to the average person and would likely mislead the average person into believing that a subject is Videos said words they said didn’t say. “
A YouTube spokesperson said the video didn’t break his rules.
“While the video CNN shared with us doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines, we have strict guidelines that prohibit misleading practices such as technical manipulation of content in ways that mislead users (beyond clips that have been taken out of context ) and cause tremendous damage. ” Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Biden’s national press secretary TJ Ducklo said: “The President of the United States has already shown that he is willing to lie and manipulate our country’s democratic process to help himself politically. That is why we have the most robust and sophisticated team in history of the presidential campaign. ” Confronting voter suppression and combating electoral fraud, however it may present itself. “
When asked if the RNC stands by the clipped video and if it is the official position of the RNC that Biden endorses and specifically encourages election fraud, Steve Guest, RNC Rapid Response Director, said, “You should ask Joe Biden if he stands by the words, he said, not us because we shared them. It is not the RNC’s responsibility to resolve the repeated mistakes of its candidate for the Biden campaign. “