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Twitter hoards ministry-of-truth powers, making rules on ‘manipulated’ images with loopholes to ban anything

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“Synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm” will be removed – or at least plastered with warning labels – under new rules announced by Twitter on Tuesday.

Citing overwhelming demand for stricter content regulations, perhaps in a preemptive attempt to excuse what some have already interpreted as overreach, the microblogging platform laid out a lengthy list of criteria that would supposedly be considered before removing or labeling a tweet.

Media is considered “synthetic or manipulated” if it is edited to significantly change its meaning, sequence, or other attributes, and of course ‘deepfakes’ are right out. But “any visual or auditory information… that has been added or removed,” including subtitles or audio overdubbing, can also get content flagged. Technically, this creates a loophole that makes even content that has simply been translated from another language a potential target.

A tweet may be labeled as “deceptive” if the context in which it is shared “could result in confusion or........

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