Republican chief shares faked video of disabled activist on Twitter

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A Sunday tweet from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) displaying a video of activist Ady Barkan obtained a “manipulated media” label from Twitter. Barkan has ALS and speaks by voice help.

Within the video, a dialog between Barkan and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Barkan asks “However will we agree that we are able to redirect a number of the funding?” The model Scalise tweeted edits within the phrases “for police,” to the top of the query, phrases which Barkan says in a unique context earlier within the video.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed in an electronic mail to The Verge that the tweet was labeled “primarily based on our Artificial and Manipulated Media coverage.” As of 10:45PM ET Sunday, the tweet with the manipulated video seems to have been deleted from…

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