Twitter has slapped another label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, this time warning that a video he shared was doctored and escalating the social media company's crackdown on one of its most widely followed users.
The video, created by pro-Trump satirist Carpe Donktum, begins with dramatic music showing a black toddler running away from a white toddler with a "breaking news" graphic that reads "Terrified toddler runs away from racist baby" with the CNN logo next to it. It was published with the headline "These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like" on CNN's website past year.
As Twitter's policies state, "We may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context".
The link also confirms that the original story about the friendship between the two toddlers was reported by CNN in September 2019. "We'll continue working with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children". Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers).
After years of failing to take action against Trump's tweets, this is the third time in recent weeks that Twitter has acted against the president's tweets.
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"Straight out of 1984", reacted CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, who was featured in the video.
Twitter labeled the video Trump tweeted as "manipulated media" shortly after he tweeted it Thursday night.
About a week later, Twitter flagged one of Trump's tweets deriding mail-in-voting because it contained misleading information.
Twitter twice flagged Trump tweets over the past month, enraging the President and his supporters and even prompting the President to sign an executive order targeting social media companies. It's by far his favorite social media platform.
In March, Twitter used the "manipulated media" warning to mark a video of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden shared by Trump.
Trump made the comments Thursday in a Father's Day-themed interview with his son Don Trump Jr., hosted by the president's reelection campaign.