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Meta Oversight Board supports leaving up manipulated Joe Biden video but questions existing policies

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Meta’s manipulated media policy is “incoherent” and focuses too much on whether a video was altered through artificial intelligence, rather than the harm it could cause, the company’s own Oversight Board said in a decision issued Monday.

The policy recommendation came even as the Oversight Board upheld the company’s decision to let an altered video of President Joe Biden continue to circulate on the platform. The video in question uses real footage of Biden from October 2022 placing an “I Voted” sticker above his adult granddaughter’s chest, per her instruction. But the edited video, posted as early as January 2023, loops the moment his hand reaches her chest to make it seem like he inappropriately touched her. One version posted in May…

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