Two viral photos that prove to be false went up unchecked on Twitter, in stark contrast to the warning label they placed on a recent tweet from President Trump.
The photo in one post was claimed to be police officer Derek Chauvin onstage at a Trump rally last October, however Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll confirmed on Wednesday it is not Chauvin.
Is that Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis cop who choked #GeorgeFloyd to death on video in the front row of a Trump MAGA rally?
Did this murder “Make America great again?” pic.twitter.com/Xnu96Q3GDH
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) May 27, 2020
Chauvin is the officer filmed resting his full weight on the neck of Minnesota man George Floyd, who complained he couldn’t breathe shortly before he died.
The false claim that Chauvin was at the Trump rally went viral, despite Twitter’s new “fact-checking” policy.
Despite their new commitment to verifying information, there is no “get the facts” link on the tweets, as has been famously applied to President Donald Trump. They were significantly slower to do the same to China, reported Breitbart.
On Thursday the president signed a new regulation to remove statutory liability protections and slash federal funding for social media companies involved in political misconduct and censorship. This came about shortly after Twitter slapped a “misleading’ warning label on one of the president’s posts. The caution came from “fact-checkers” who said there is “no evidence that expanded, nationwide mail-in voting would increase fraud risks—and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
The false photo of Chauvin is the second Twitter incident involving officer Chauvin, on Wednesday an allegedly photoshopped shot of Jonathan Lee Riches in a red “Make Whites Great Again” baseball cap, was shared by many online users.
Mike Sington, a former executive at NBCUniversal who brands himself “the ultimate Hollywood insider,” shared the misleading photo and wrote, “Here’s the cop Derek Chauvin in the process of murdering George Floyd. Look at that, the scumbag was photographed wearing a ‘Make Whites Great Again’ hat. 100% guarantee he also owns a MAGA hat.” Twitter eventually added a “manipulated media” label to the photos, but only after Breitbart highlighted the issue.
The incident on May 26 of Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd in front of onlookers has sparked outrage, with increasing protests leading to open rioting in Minneapolis.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 27, 2020
The new regulation by the president is set to stamp out behavior such as using fake photos to gain political advantage.
Breitbart update: Twitter notified us at 8:53 pm EST—12 hours after Ice Cube posted his original viral tweet, which accumulated 40,000 retweets in that timespan—that a “manipulated media” warning had been added to “hundreds” of tweets containing the doctored photo. At least two other tweets from verified users are still circulating, as of this update, without the warning label.