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  • - 'Sup, you beautiful bastards?

  • I hope you've had a fantastic Monday.

  • Welcome back to the Philip De Franco Show, buckle up.

  • Hit that like button,

  • otherwise, it will punch you in the throat.

  • And let's just jump into it.

  • And the first thing we're gonna talk about today

  • is the story and situation around Post Malone,

  • which I feel like is bigger than the story around one man.

  • I think it's something

  • that touches on anyone in the spotlight

  • and the relationship and a sense of ownership

  • that people have, whether it be the fans

  • or the internet, in general.

  • So over the past week,

  • we've had a large number of people

  • sharing clips saying they're incredibly concerned

  • about the 24-year old's behavior.

  • This including videos of him stumbling on stage,

  • intensely rolling his eyes as he sings.

  • Right now we have a lot of fans

  • that are protective, concerned,

  • people who are still reeling

  • from the drug-related deaths

  • of people like Mac Miller and Lil Peep.

  • I've seen a number of people with these viral videos,

  • saying that Post Malone's behavior

  • signaled a potential substance abuse problem,

  • though I understand, while these theories were going viral,

  • they were blowing up, you still had

  • a number of fans arguing

  • that this is just how Post Malone performs,

  • others just feeling uneasy

  • about all of the public speculation,

  • in general, even if the intentions were good.

  • You know the push back to that

  • was it's better to be safe than sorry.

  • And as the noise around this situation

  • got louder, we saw Post Malone's father,

  • Rich Post, eventually taking to social media

  • to shut down the rumors.

  • Retweeting a video of his son playing the guitar

  • and singing, adding, "I'm getting tired of it y'all.

  • What does this video say?

  • Coherently playing the guitar while simultaneously singing?

  • Seems a lot harder than accidental slips

  • and stage theatrics."

  • And then continuing, "I don't want to come across

  • as dismissive to those of you

  • who have expressed concerns about Austin.

  • Your sincerity and kindness regarding him is certainly

  • heartwarming and appreciated."

  • We also ended up seeing Post Malone

  • himself address this during a performance

  • in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • - I'm not on drugs and I feel the best

  • I've ever fucking felt in my life.

  • (crowd cheers)

  • And that's why I can bust my ass for these shows

  • and fucking fall on the floor and do all that fun shit, man.

  • (crowd cheers)

  • But for anybody that's concerned here,

  • I appreciate the love and the support,

  • but I feel fucking fantastic and I'm not doing drugs.

  • (crowd cheers)

  • - But he did also acknowledge that there was a dark time

  • in his life where he would turn to drugs

  • but once again assuring fans that he was okay now.

  • - You know, there was a time in my life,

  • a very dark time in my life where, you know,

  • I would try and, you know, find alternate escapes

  • from reality and do drugs.

  • But now I just want everybody to know in this building,

  • that I'm fucking okay and I'm the happiest

  • I've ever fucking been.

  • So thank you so much ladies and gentlemen.

  • (crowd cheering)

  • - And following that, it calmed down the worries

  • of many fans, but also even a number of people saying

  • maybe he just hasn't accepted the problem yet.

  • Once again, that's speculation, and it brings up that debate

  • of is this helpful or is actually something that's hurting?

  • Now, I don't have the answer for that.

  • But what I will say is looking at the concern

  • that there is around artists and the conversation happening

  • around it most of the time,

  • it does somewhat bring a smile to my face,

  • and it makes me feel like the conversation

  • around mental health has greatly improved

  • just over the past decade alone.

  • And obviously, I think that's somewhat connect

  • with the losses we've seen in recent years.

  • But then notoriously, people like Amy Winehouse,

  • someone who, I mean, looking back really didn't get

  • that public empathy that a lot of artists get today.

  • Someone who was very publicly spiraling

  • and instead of just an army of hands reaching out to help,

  • she was kind of villainized, right?

  • So as far as where the right middle ground is,

  • as far as public help and public reaction, I don't know.

  • But that's also kind of the beauty of the show.

  • That's the story.

  • I'm just one person, and I pass the question off to you.

  • I'd love to know your thoughts on this one.

  • And then let's talk about the news

  • and the conversation around misinformation

  • and manipulated media.

  • So last month, Twitter rolled out its policy

  • for addressing synthetic and manipulated media,

  • which said that users could not,

  • "Deceptively share synthetic or manipulated media

  • that are likely to cause harm," with Twitter also saying

  • that it would label this kind of content,

  • and that policy actually went into effect

  • last week on March 5.

  • And ultimately, that brought us to yesterday

  • where Twitter seemed to apply the manipulated media label

  • for the first time to a video

  • that was posted by Trump's social media director

  • Dan Scavino and retweeted by Trump himself.

  • And the video in question was a 13-second clip

  • of Joe Biden speaking at a campaign rally on Saturday

  • that looked like this.

  • - During this primary for my campaign

  • that's about negative attacks

  • and the one about what we're for

  • because we cannot

  • get re-elect, we cannot win this re-election,

  • excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump.

  • - So you watch that and you potentially go, did Joe Biden

  • just endorse Donald Trump?

  • What just happened?

  • Well, it turns out that that clip was actually cut

  • before Biden finished his sentence.

  • And in the original video that we found, we see him say this

  • - We can only re-elect Donald Trump, if in fact,

  • we get engaged in this circular firing squad here.

  • It's gotta be a positive campaign, so join us.

  • - And so, basically, what appears that he was saying

  • was Trump can only be re-elected if we keep infighting.

  • So, obviously, a very different situation

  • and message from the first video

  • that was edited, looking at the situation, right?

  • Twitter's first official implementation of their new policy,

  • it was met with a fair share of problem,

  • because while it has been hit

  • with a manipulated media label,

  • Twitter didn't determine the post

  • violated its guidelines until about 18 hours after.

  • And according to reports by that point,

  • it had already been viewed more than 5 million times

  • and retweeted more than 20,000.

  • Also, it appeared that

  • there were technical problems as well.

  • According to reports, it was a glitch

  • with the manipulated media label itself,

  • with the Twitter spokesperson saying

  • that the manipulated tag

  • wasn't showing in the tweet details and adding

  • that users who clicked into the tweet itself

  • may not be able to see the label,

  • but that it was visible in the timeline,

  • which I imagine is how most people see tweets.

  • Now, one of the other reasons this was

  • a big deal is not only

  • because the content was labeled,

  • but also because this possibly sets a precedent

  • that it shows that Twitter is not scared to crackdown

  • on Trump and his team.

  • And this wasn't just a tweet and a video

  • from Joe Blow, this was coming from people with connections

  • to the administration.

  • Also, Twitter is not alone here,

  • we saw Facebook respond to the video of Biden as well.

  • Facebook did not initially label

  • or do anything to the post

  • but it did prompt Biden's campaign manager

  • to blast the company in a statement last night

  • saying, "Facebook's malfeasance when it

  • comes to trafficking and blatantly false information

  • is a national crisis in this respect.

  • Facebook won't say it

  • but it is apparent to all

  • who have examined their conduct

  • and policies: they care first and foremost

  • about money, and to that end, are willing to serve

  • as one of the world's most effective mediums

  • for the spread of vile lies."

  • But then this morning, we ultimately

  • saw Facebook add a label to the video

  • marking it as partly false information.

  • The Facebook spokesperson saying,

  • "Fact checkers rated this video as partly false.

  • So we are reducing its distribution

  • and showing warning labels with more context

  • for people who see it, try to share it,

  • or already have."

  • And adding, "As we announced last year,

  • the same applies if a politician shares the video,

  • if it was otherwise fact-checked

  • when shared by others on Facebook."

  • But as far what happens from here with Facebook

  • and Twitter, even if they implement

  • this labeling system fast, right, not 18 plus hours,

  • one, I think it's gonna be incredibly hard

  • if not impossible for these companies

  • to implement this policy across the board.

  • Honestly, this clip is probably one the easiest examples

  • and instances that they will face.

  • But it's the small, singular moment and clip

  • where the post on these websites are saying

  • he said this even though the clip is cut

  • in a specific way to change the context.

  • I mean, without being an enabler, there are a lot

  • of different ways that this clip can and will be played,

  • in a way that does not violate the rules.

  • And two, I do believe this is going to happen

  • to Biden over, and over, and over,

  • from today all the way to election day

  • if he gets the nomination, like odds

  • are looking like he's gonna get.

  • Right, because you have Trump, the GOP,

  • a number of Republicans, Dem supporters

  • who oppose Biden trying to label Joe Biden

  • as a old man with dementia.

  • 'Cause the thing is, Joe Biden misspeaks

  • and he will continue to misspeak.

  • Thus, making him a bigger and easier target.

  • Now, the way that Biden supporters have been able

  • to combat that claim, is pointing out

  • that Joe Biden has had a life-long problem with stuttering.

  • Which I will say, I'm completely unfamiliar with

  • the challenges that come with a stutter.

  • And I started looking into it further,

  • because when someone says, you know, they have a stutter,

  • I just think someone that says I, I, I, I, blah, blah, blah.

  • Or looking for the answer,

  • well, how it explains sometimes the odd sentence structure

  • or the word choice.

  • And actually, I'll read a small snippet

  • from this interesting Atlantic article

  • about Joe Biden stutter.

  • I'll link to it down below.

  • The author writes there,

  • "A stutter does not get worse as a person ages,

  • but trying to keep it at bay

  • can take immense physical and mental energy."

  • Noting, now, "Biden talks all day