Twitter on Monday flagged as “manipulated” an out of context clip of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden saying “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”
Biden spoke the words through a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, but the clip overlooks the fact that Biden was reading a quote to rebut the claim.
The Donald Trump campaign, which tweeted the clip, said people need to lighten up about their “joke” after Twitter appended a link to fact-checking tweets about how the video was used “out of context.”
“To all the triggered journalists who can’t take a joke about their candidate, it’s not our fault Joe Biden was dumb enough to say this on camera,” the Trump War Room tweeted on Twitter.
The Democratic nominee made the statement Monday in Pittsburgh, Penn. In context, he was claiming that he would bring social stability after months of unrest after the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
“Since they have no agenda or vision for a second term, Trump and Pence are running on this, and I find it fascinating: ‘You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.’ And what’s their evidence? The destruction we’re seeing in Donald Trump’s America,” Biden said.
The former vice president claimed, “Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire.”
But this isn’t the first time Twitter has targeted President Trump and the president has criticized the social media platform for selectively going after him while letting others put out inflammatory or misleading information.
In June, Twitter flagged the tweet from Trump that said any “autonomous zone” outside the White House “will be met with serious force.” The Trump tweet was flagged with a notice by Twitter for violating a “policy against abusive behavior, especially, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”
And Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth, who is in charge of the team responsible for developing and executing site rules, suffered heavy criticism this year for alleged political prejudice. Roth tweets that the Trump administration included “ACTUAL NAZIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE” and called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a “personality-free bag of farts.”
Just last week, a Twitter spokesman said activist and accused fraudster Shaun King’s threat to name Kenosha, Wisc., police officers are “not in violation” of its rules — including its ban on “a threat of harm against an identifiable group,” the same rule applied to censor Trump.