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Twitter flags GOP rep’s tweet for altering comments from activist with ALS

Twitter flags GOP rep’s tweet for altering comments from activist with ALS

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Twitter flags GOP rep’s tweet for altering comments from activist with ALS

Twitter flags GOP rep's tweet for altering comments from activist with ALS

U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, posted a video to Twitter on Sunday featuring commentary from politicians and activists. The minute-long collection of clips was meant to show how Scalise believes the Democrats are destroying America.

But the video was manipulated to make at least one of the people shown sound like he said something he never did. That person is activist Ady Barkan, co-founder of the Be a Hero political action committee, who has ALS and uses a voice assistant to speak. 

Scalise’s video took a July interview with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Barkan from NowThis News. But instead of showing it as is, Scalise’s version combined audio clips from different parts of the conversation to make it look like Barkan said, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding for police.” The unaltered version doesn’t include “for police.”  Read more…

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