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


Trump's tweet is visible to other Twitter users, but has a "Manipulated media" flag right below the video.

The video shows a Black toddler being chased by a white child, made to look like the footage was produced by CNN, with a banner that reads, "Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby".

"America is not the problem, Fake News is", the all-caps text says on screen at the end. The faked video, created by right-wing meme account Carpe Donktum, implied CNN was "fake news" and urged viewers to report "fake news" when they see it.

Twitter responded by labelling the video as "manipulated media" and many on social media criticised the United States president for what they said was insensitivity.

Last month, Trump's feud with Twitter escalated when it placed a warning label to the president's tweets about mail-in voting.

The link also confirms that the original story about the friendship between the two toddlers was reported by CNN in September 2019. "Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers)", the WarnerMedia-owned news network's communications group wrote on Twitter. In addition, Twitter may label tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.

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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.

A few days later, Twitter labeled as a glorification of violence a Trump tweet in which he said, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

It's the latest salvo in the battle between Trump and tech companies, which the president has accused - without evidence - of silencing conservative voices. The white toddler then runs after the black toddler in the same footage shown at the beginning of the video shared by Trump, although the music strikes a markedly different tone this time around.

Twitter in March used the "manipulated media" warning to mark a video of Biden shared by President Donald Trump.

Another social media giant, Facebook, said on Thursday it removed ads by President Trump's re-election campaign that contained a symbol used in Nazi Germany for political prisoners.