Twitter labels 'racist baby' video shared by Trump as 'manipulated media'

Twitter has flagged one of Donald Trump's posts as "manipulated media" after the U.S. president shared a news report from a year ago with a doctored headline.

In the fake version of the video tweeted by Trump, Maxwell is initially shown running away from Finnegan - in footage from after they hugged - with a fake CNN chyron saying, "Terrified toddler runs from racist baby", which then switches to, "Racist baby probably a Trump voter". The video then goes on to show viewers "what actually happened" and reveals alternate footage of the two toddlers, who are actually friends in real life, and just playing with each other. It took a real video that went viral past year, of two Black and white children embracing, and distorted it to make it appear as if the white child had actually chased the Black child.

Twitter policy states that users "may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm".

Mediaite described the video as from "a popular, right-wing meme account", but did not identify it.

"The original CNN story, which is from 2019, reported on a friendship between two toddlers".

Trump has shared viral pro-Trump videos originating with Cook before, including a clip showing Joe Biden sneaking up behind himself and giving his own shoulders a squeeze.

The video Trump shared is a clip of a heartwarming story that went viral in September 2019 about a pair of two-year-old "besties" greeting each other. In the tweet, Trump implied he would encourage the National Guard to shoot anyone looting during protests against police brutality.

Michael Cisneros, the father of one of the boys in the video, said past year he had posted the original video to social media because he thought it was a attractive, candid moment to share in the midst of racism and hate in the world.

In a subsequent tweet, Twitter wrote "this tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today". The ads, one of which warned of "dangerous MOBS of far-left groups", featured an upside-down red triangle that Nazis once used to identify political opponents - and that campaign officials dismissed as "an emoji".

About a week later, Twitter flagged one of Trump's tweets deriding mail-in-voting because it contained misleading information.


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