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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A video selectively edited to frame one of Joe Biden's stump speeches as racist was shared by GOP strategists and a former speaker of the Missouri House, the New York Times reports, citing data from misinformation tracker VineSight.

Why it matters: Sharing misleading information via social media to incite anger toward presidential candidates is easy — and it works.

What to watch: Twitter's rules for dealing with videos like these, which can go viral for zapping context from a presidential candidate's words, are still being ironed out.

  • Twitter pointed to its in-progress policy on tackling synthetic or manipulated media when asked for guidelines on handling content that misconstrues or alters statements from politicians.
  • But, Twitter declined to comment as to whether the video of Biden would apply to its new policy, since the policy remains in development.

Background: As of now, Twitter has proposed defining manipulated or synthetic media as "as any photo, audio, or video that has been significantly altered or fabricated in a way that intends to mislead people or changes its original meaning."

  • Twitter spokesperson Trenton Kennedy told Axios that the video of Biden "is not currently a violation of the Twitter Rules," which define terms for removing content.

Go deeper: Misinformation haunts 2020 primaries

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1 hour ago - World

Mapped: The world's most and least corrupt countries

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Data: Transparency International; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

The most corrupt governments in the world are in South Sudan, Syria and Somalia, according to Transparency International's annual index, while the "cleanest" are in Denmark, Finland and New Zealand.

  • Breaking it down: The U.S. is 27th, China 66th, India 85th, Brazil 96th and Russia 136th. Scroll over the map to see each country's ranking.

Crypto leads to massive surge in online scams

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Reproduced from FTC; Chart: Axios Visuals

Bogus cryptocurrency investments led to an unprecedented increase in online scams last year, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Why it matters: Cryptocurrency is an easy target because while it's surging in popularity, there's still a lot of confusion about how it works.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
3 hours ago - Health

New clues emerge on long COVID

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The presence of certain autoantibodies or high amounts of coronavirus RNA in the blood could be indicators a patient has a higher chance of developing long COVID, according to a new study in the journal Cell.

  • Other factors include a person having Type 2 diabetes or the reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus.