Twitter adds warning label to tweet from Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland


A video tweeted by incumbent Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland, who served as deputy prime minister in Justin Trudeau’s government, was given a warning label Sunday from Twitter, which marked it as “manipulated media.” Freeland’s tweets, posted in both English and French, contain several edits and shows Conservative leader Erin O’Toole answering a question about privatized health care 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 private, “for-profit” health care to Canada. He quickly responds: “yes.”  However, in the original recording of O’Toole’s remarks on heath care — which can be seen at about the 12:30 mark — 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 on ensuring universal access. Trudeau retweeted the video and drew on it during a speech Sunday to attack O’Toole on the campaign trail in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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