A video tweeted by outgoing Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland, who served as deputy prime minister in Justin Trudeau’s government, received a warning tag from Twitter on Sunday, calling it “manipulated media.”
Freeland’s tweets, posted in English and French, contain several edits and show Conservative leader Erin O’Toole answering a question about privatized healthcare during an online question-and-answer session in July 2020 during the Conservative leadership race.
The tweet shows O’Toole being asked if he would bring “for profit” private health care to Canada. He responds quickly: “yes”.
However, in the original recording of O’Toole’s healthcare remarks – which can be seen here at around 12:30 p.m. – the Conservative leader also noted that universal access remains paramount.
The shortened clip used in Freeland’s tweet did not include O’Toole’s statement about ensuring universal access.
Trudeau retweeted the video and was inspired by it during a speech Sunday to attack O’Toole during the election campaign in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
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Lawyers for the Conservative Party sent a letter to the Commissioner of Canada Elections calling for an investigation into the case to determine who was involved in the making of the video. The party is also asking the commissioner to ask the Liberals to remove the post.
On Sunday, the party accused the Liberals of spreading disinformation.
“It is disappointing to see the Liberals resort to an American style divisive policy,” said Mathew Clancy, the Conservatives’ media relations manager.
“While Justin Trudeau and the Liberals focus on spreading false information, Erin O’Toole is focused on Canada’s recovery plan and securing the future.
Responding to questions from reporters in Halifax, Trudeau defended Freeland’s tweet.
“We have posted the entire interview and I encourage all Canadians to take a look to see what Erin O’Toole has to say about what he sees for the future of healthcare. health, ”he said.
The Conservatives made their own misstep on Twitter about a week ago. Twitter deleted a video posted by the party following a copyright infringement complaint, and the Conservatives subsequently deleted the tweet.
Conservatives posted video mocking Trudeau by placing his face on a character in the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Some incumbent Conservative MPs called the tweet juvenile and a bad idea in a federal election.
Twitter launched warning labels last year
On Sunday, Twitter Canada said it posted warning labels on the English and French versions of Freeland’s tweet.
“The tweets in question have both been tagged in accordance with our global policy of synthesis and manipulation,” Twitter Canada said in a statement to CBC.
He noted that tagged tweets have limited visibility in search functions, replies, and on timelines and are not algorithmically recommended by Twitter.
Twitter launched the warning labels in early 2020, ahead of the US presidential election, as social media platforms braced for a wave of disinformation.
Twitter’s website says it puts labels on content it says is “significantly and deceptively altered or manipulated”, including substantially altered in a way that alters timing, sequencing, framing , add subtitles or whether a real person is fabricated or simulated.
“We are also examining whether the context in which the media is shared could lead to confusion or misunderstanding or suggest a deliberate intention to deceive people about the nature or origin of the content, for example by falsely claiming that it represents reality. “, according to Twitter website.
When asked about Twitter’s warning label, the Liberals said the Twitter posts included a 35-second video of the highlights, and noted that another tweet from Freeland contains a link to the O’Toole’s complete response, lasting 2 minutes and 18 seconds.
Liberals disagree with Twitter warning
The party said it disagreed with Twitter’s decision to label it a manipulated medium.
“The highlights accurately reflect Mr. O’Toole’s statement in its entirety,” a Liberal Party spokesperson wrote in a statement to CBC News. “We do not agree with the assessment and ask for an explanation from Twitter.
“We will let Canadians judge for themselves what Mr. O’Toole meant by his comments.”
During Trudeau’s speech on Sunday, he accused O’Toole of taking the wrong approach during the pandemic and of trying to withhold aid.
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“We just saw today that Erin O’Toole in the pandemic spoke clearly in favor of a private for-profit health care system for Canada,” Trudeau said. “Shame on you, in a pandemic, nothing less.”
The video posted by Freeland shows Kate Harrison, vice president of Summa Strategies and director of Abacus Data, during a video conference asking O’Toole if he would be “ready to allow the provinces to experiment with a real reform of care. health care, including the provision of private, for-profit and not-for-profit health care options, under universal coverage? “
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Harrison also tweeted his disapproval of the video on Sunday saying it was edited out of context.
“There is a video circulating online of Erin O’Toole answering a question about healthcare,” Harrison wrote. “As the person who asked the question, I am disappointed that the video has been manipulated to exclude important context.”