KEY POINTS

  • An obviously anti-Biden Twitter user stitches together portions of a video to show Biden making racist remarks
  • The tweet is shared over a million times
  • Experts are again warning of selectively edited videos and deepfakes as the 2020 presidential election approaches

An anti-Biden operative posted a misleading and strategically edited video on Twitter falsely showing former vice president Joe Biden making overtly racist remarks. Astonishingly, the selectively edited video has become viral, and received over a million views over the past few days.

Media outlets are saying a single Twitter user cut-up and reassembled pieces of a video originally about 10 minutes long showing Biden speaking in New Hampshire on Dec. 30, 2019 about his history of campaigning against domestic violence and sex assault. Biden said both these crimes are a "cultural problem" going back to permissive English common law laid down centuries ago. He remarked that in the 1300s, many wives were being beaten to death by their husbands without judicial repercussions.

The anti-Biden operative put together parts of Biden's speech that suited his purpose. He then tweeted his selectively edited 20 second-long version blatantly taking Biden's remarks out of context and portraying Biden as an out and out racist. In this selectively edited clip, Biden declares the ‘European’ identity of America and proclaims, “Our culture is not imported from some African nation or some Asian nation.”

In contrast, Biden's original remarks said, “Folks, this is about changing the culture, our culture, our culture, it’s not imported from some African nation or some Asian nation. It is our English jurisprudential culture, our European culture that says it is all right.”

Fact checkers confirm the original video was taken from ABC News' coverage of Biden speaking for more than an hour in Derry, New Hampshire. Biden’s campaign confirmed the presentation in the edited video is inaccurate. Biden has also spoken out before about how violence against women dates back to English common law.

Former vice president Joe Biden, pictured at the Democratic Debate on December 19, has struggled with stuttering Former vice president Joe Biden, pictured at the Democratic Debate on December 19, has struggled with stuttering Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN

Tech experts have long warned about the dangers of selectively edited videos and AI enhanced videos called "deepfakes" being used as a misinformation tactic ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Selectively edited videos are easier to make and don't require the sophisticated technology needed to produce deepfake videos.

A portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake,” Deepfake is an AI-based human image synthesis technique. It combines and superimposes existing images and videos onto source images or videos.

When huge amounts of data are fed into a very big or “deep” simulated neural network, a computer can learn to perform all sorts of useful tasks, such as very accurate face recognition. But the same approach also make malicious video manipulation easier. Deepfakes have been used since 2017 to create fake sex videos of celebrities and politicians.