Once again, President Donald Trump has run afoul of Twitter’s rules by sharing a fake video that seems to make light of racism in the United States.
Here’s the tweet Trump posted Thursday evening on his Twitter feed:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
HuffPost reports that the original video went viral when it was first released last year:
“The original video, which went viral on social media in 2019, showed a black toddler and a white toddler running towards each other and hugging. It was published here with the headline ‘These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like’ on CNN’s website last year.”
The tweet was quickly slapped with a notice which labels it “manipulated media.” The social media platform explained their decision by noting:
“We may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”
Other Twitter users added their own thoughts regarding Trump’s attempt to spread “fake news” with the video:
So, to recap…the poorly edited clip featuring a CNN logo that looks like it was traced on the back of a kids’ menu is supposed to prove that the media is responsible for fake news.
At least the kids’ menu is spell checked before it’s put out live.
This is lazy. Try harder. https://t.co/5oUHFC8h5J
— Ryan Sloane (@RyanFSloane) June 19, 2020
The President tweeted a fake CNN video by an imposter. The gullible replies to this lie are even more depressing. (And when will imposters learn to spell? “Todler”?) https://t.co/KzHxeQtAyl
— John Carvalho (@John_P_Carvalho) June 19, 2020
Yes, tweeting out a badly faked clip of a pretend CNN segment definitely proves that *they’re* fake news, yes, that’s a good one, Grandpa McRanty.
Misspelling “toddler” was a nice touch. Super terrific job. https://t.co/mKfcnbGIMI
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 19, 2020
Obviously CNN did not run this clip with this chyron. This is actual fake news, unlike what the president sometimes thinks is fake news. https://t.co/PSSHpcxch9
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) June 19, 2020
It’s true, fake news is the problem. This is a fine example of fake news being passed along by the President of the United States. CNN never presented this story this way.
What is the point of tweeting this other than to encourage continued division, @realDonaldTrump? https://t.co/Crb2t5tVbP
— Stevee Chapman (@SteveeKXLY) June 19, 2020
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