Editorial: Keep an eye out for misleading videos

Staff Editorial

A video was posted on Twitter Sunday by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) that contained doctored footage of an interview between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and disability rights activist Ady Barkan.

The video was edited to misrepresent Biden’s stance of defunding the police, an idea that Biden has never expressed support of. The post was later deleted by Scalise, who said that the video should not have been doctored.

Doctored videos are not the only type of misleading videos that can circulate on social media. Videos can also be deceptively edited or simply posted with a lack of context or explanation.

We at The Daily Eastern News urge people to not take videos they see online at face value. Videos that are midleading or contain false claims can be posted online and reach millions of people before they are properly fact checked or corrected.

In the coming months that lead up to the election in November, it is even more important to remain vigilant and not be fooled by misleading videos of politicians and candidates.

If something in a video seems strange or lacks context, look into it. Luckily, Twitter can label posts that contain doctored media, but that alone does not solve the problem.

Most people know not to believe everything they see online, but some misleading videos are shared by people that we should trust. Regardless of the source, make sure that the content in the video is represented properly before believing it.