The farmer protests have dominated conversations on social media for the past one week through several hashtags and claims.
Referring to Rahul Gandhi‘s tweet which showed a farmer trying to save himself from being hit by a policeman, Amit Malviya put out two screenshots mentioned as propaganda and reality with the reality video claiming the farmer was not even touched. “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time,” read Amit Malviya’s tweet which has a manipulated media label from Twitter.
Malviya did not respond to a request for comment. In a response to ET’s query, a Twitter spokesperson said the referenced tweet was labeled based on its Synthetic and Manipulated Media policy.
In February 2020, Twitter announced its rules on synthetic and manipulated media and started labelling tweets. According to Twitter, in order to determine if media has been significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated, it may use its own technology or receive reports through partnerships with third parties. The factors that it will consider in determining whether media has been significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated include whether the content has been substantially edited in a manner that fundamentally alters its composition, sequence, timing or framing. It will also consider if any visual or auditory information has been added or removed and whether media depicting a real person has been fabricated or simulated.
As per Twitter, it also considers whether the context in which media is shared could result in confusion or misunderstanding or suggests a deliberate intent to deceive people about the nature or origin of the content.
As per the platform, it assesses the context provided alongside media like the text of the tweet accompanying the media to see whether the media has been altered or fabricated.
“Ït is interesting to note Twitter applying labels to tweets that use manipulated images and videos. If these labels are backed by fact checkers, it will go a long way in building credibility and also provide the reader proper context about the specific piece of misinformation,” said Jency Jacob, managing editor at fact checker Boom which debunked Malviya’s tweet on Tuesday.
Boom said it spoke to the injured farmer who talked about he and other protestors were lathicharged. As per Boom’s story, the video shared by Malviya was a cropped clip and a longer version of the video shows the farmer was targetted by not one but two security personnel with the first security personnel taking aim at the farmer.