Twitter flags Trump's tweet of doctored 'racist baby' video

The original video went viral on social media in September 2019

The original video went viral on social media in September 2019

CNN hosts called out President Donald Trump for posting a video on Twitter that featured doctored footage from the network in an effort to accuse it of boosting fake news.

The CNN segment was about a video that went viral on Facebook showing a black toddler and a white toddler running toward each other to hug and then continuing to run along with each other. It was published with the headline "These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like" on CNN's website a year ago.

Responding to Trump's use of the video, Cisneros wrote in a Facebook post Thursday night, "HE WILL NOT TURN THIS LOVING, BEAUTIFUL VIDEO TO FURTHER HIS HATE AGENDA!"

"CNN did cover this story - exactly as it happened".

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Twitter's description of the "Manipulated media" tag says, "Multiple journalists confirmed that the video, which was shared by President Trump, is edited and features a fake CNN chyron".

"We may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context", Twitter said in an explanation of its policies posted on its website. Cook, who runs a site called Meme World, was suspended from Twitter for a short period of time a year ago in the fallout from a video by a Meme World contributor depicting Trump murdering his critics in the media. Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers).

After Trump tweeted the video it quickly went viral, racking up millions of views in less than two hours.

Although Twitter had taken a largely hands-off approach to the president's controversial tweets, in recent weeks the company began adding a label that fact-checked misinformation amplified by the U.S. president, as well as a note cautioning that a post glorified violence.

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That's despite the company's first move to flag his tweets last month appearing to trigger an executive order aimed at undermining legal protections that social media companies say are vital to their existence. Recently, Twitter also disabled a video from the Trump campaign in tribute to George Floyd.

In other words, it looks like Trump's tweet containing the altered media was created to lend credence to his frequent claim that CNN churns out "fake news".

The company's policy prohibits sharing videos that have been "deceptively altered", which is what earned the video sourced from a pro-Trump meme creator a warning label.

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