Twitter Flags Video Shared By Trump As 'Manipulated Media'

Twitter Flags Video Shared By Trump As 'Manipulated Media'

A link in the post redirects users to a picture of the two toddlers embracing and confirmation that it has been edited and features a fake CNN chyron (electronically generated caption).

The video posted by Trump showed a heavily-edited interaction between two children, one black and one white, who hug each other after running toward each other in recognition.

The clip then shows a title reading "America is not the problem, fake news is". "The original CNN story, which is from 2019, reported on a friendship between two toddlers".

CNN's official handle responded to Trump's tweet saying they reported the incident "exactly as it happened" and criticised the USA president for using innocent children to attack the press.

Underneath the U.S. president's tweet, the social network added a "manipulated media" label. Twitter labeled the tweet "manipulated media" soon after it was posted - the fourth time the social media platform took action against the president's online output in a month. The platform previously enforced the policy when the White House social media director, Dan Scavino, posted a manipulated video that made it appear as if Joe Biden had endorsed Trump. The fake CNN graphic reads, "Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby".

A spokesperson for CNN responded to Trump's tweet Thursday night, "CNN did cover this story - but exactly as it happened". Carpe Donktum, a.k.a. Logan Cook, attended the White House's social media summit, a largely anecdotal exercise in airing unsubstantiated complaints of social media's anti-conservative bias past year.

The video of the toddlers dates to 2019 and CNN covered it at the time it went viral. "Fake news is", the video says. Before it was taken down, it had over 4 million views on Facebook and over 20 million on Twitter. "Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers)", CNN replied to the tweet.

"We are appalled at the use of children to draw attention to President Trump and the so-called 'fake media, '" Ven Johnson, a Detroit-based attorney representing the parents, said.

The White House criticized Twitter for labeling the video "manipulated". The inverted red triangle in the Trump ads was a Nazi symbol designating political prisoners in World War II concentration camps.

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