OK, we are quickly running out of things that manipulation can be.
Time for a reality check.
Definition of manipulate
to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner manipulate a pencil manipulate a machine
to manage or utilize skillfully quantify our data and manipulate it statistically— S. L. Payne
b: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage;
being used and manipulated
by the knowing men around him— New Republic
to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose : DOCTOR
suspected that the police reports were manipulated
— Evelyn G. Cruickshanks
For the purpose of this conversation we need to limit this to definition 2 b.
is there any objection to that?