After BJP politician Amit Malviya, film producer-director Vivek Agnihotri became the second Indian to be tagged for a Twitter post described as “manipulated media” on Friday. The flagged post, originally from August 31, showed US President-elect Joe Biden as allegedly “sleeping” during a television show.
Agnihotri, who has directed films such as Chocolate and The Tashkent Files, deleted the tweet soon after it was labeled as manipulated, but did not issue any clarification.
The 29 second video, originally tweeted by White House social media director Dan Scavino on August 30, showed a news anchor saying, “Joining us live this morning from New York, Hey Good morning!” The video then cut to a split screen, one of which showed Biden with his eyes seemingly closed. The puzzled anchor proceeded to say “wake up” thrice. “Joe Biden needs to appear on Indian News debates. He will stay awake for the rest of his life,” the director wrote, with the video, suggesting that Biden had slept during live TV.
Earlier on Wednesday, Amit Malviya, national-in-charge of BJP’s information and technology department, had become the first Indian to be tagged for a “manipulated media” post on the ongoing farmers’ protest.
The Biden video had made the rounds during the US Presidential election, but news agency Reuters had fact checked it to show that it had been edited to combine two completely different clips, none in which Biden was seen sleeping. Reuters had even identified the creator of the manipulated video as Damon Imani, who told the agency he only intended it as a “joke”. After Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair pointed out that Agnihotri’s tweet was labeled as “manipulated”, the director deleted his post.