Twitter Silent as Rachel Maddow and Leftists Spread Misinformation on Rudy Giuliani
Platform's 'bias' becomes apparent as it fails to fact check image
A doctored image purporting to be a text message between Rudy Giuliani and Ivanka Trump has been shared widely across Twitter without any restrictions in another stunning sign the platform is biased toward conservatives.
The Big Tech company’s rules on “disinformation” failed to restrict Rachel Maddow and an army of Twitter verified accounts from spreading the image.
The image was eventually deleted after the student that initially tweeted it called it a “parody.”
Student Democrat activist, Nick Roberts, claimed to have tricked the former New York Mayor into thinking texts from him were, in fact, from Ivanka Trump.
He posted a doctored picture of a text exchange between himself and Giuliani to support his claims.
But Roberts admitted to falsifying the picture just hours later.
The damage was done, however, and the image had accumulated tens of thousands of shares and millions of views across the platform as Twitter failed to act on the disinformation, something it claims to take seriously in the light of censoring the New York Post story on Hunter Biden's emails.
“I decided to delete my Rudy Giuliani parody tweet. I apologize to all who took seriously,” said Roberts.
“I was surprised by the reaction given the lack of reaction to similar parody tweets in the past. I’ll make sure in the future to flag satire tweets which aren’t real.”
I decided to delete my Rudy Giuliani parody tweet. I apologize to all who took seriously. I was surprised by the reaction given the lack of reaction to similar parody tweets in the past. I’ll make sure in the future to flag satire tweets which aren’t real.— Nick Roberts (@nickroberts317) October 21, 2020
Roberts’ said his tweet was shared by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, Politico contributing editor David Freedlander, and Max Bergmann - the “Trump-Russia” expert at the Center for American Progress.
But despite posting such damaging misinformation that could influence an election, Robert's account remains active and has not been penalized by the platform.
Twitter also failed to issue any official fact-check on the image and did not inform users that the viral photo is false.
Last week, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign's national press secretary claimed Twitter’s censorship on the Hunter Biden story is 'proof' it is not true.
Jamal Brown told the media outlet Cheddar;
“I think Twitter’s response to the actual article itself makes clear that they purported allegations are false, and they’re not true and glad to see social media companies like Twitter taking responsibility to limit misinformation."
At the same time, The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claiming the Twitter's censorship amounts to “illegal corporate in-kind political contribution” to the Joe Biden campaign.