Meme Crackdown: Twitter Bans ‘Synthetic and Manipulated’ Photos, Videos

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Social media network Twitter has announced that it will be banning any media that the site deems to be “synthetic or manipulated” and is “likely to cause harm.” Users responded with mockery and speculation about the company’s motivation in potentially cracking down on memes ahead of the 2020 election.

In a recent blog post relating to media on its platform, Jack Dorsey’s platform announced that it would be banning any “synthetic or manipulated” media that is “likely to cause harm.” The site’s “Twitter Safety” account tweeted a video explaining what this would entail

In a blog post, the platform expanded on what counts as synthetic media writing:

Synthetic and manipulated media: You may not deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context. Learn more.

While this is likely an attempt to crack down on misinformation, the wording of the rule means that any media that is edited could be viewed as synthetic and removed, this could include political memes or jokes posted to the platform.

Many users across the platform were not impressed with the new rules, some reactions can be seen below:

Read more about Twitter’s new rules on the company’s blog here.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at


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