Twitter adds ‘manipulated media’ warning to Trump tweet

Twitter added a warning label to a video posted by President Trump on Thursday evening, saying it violated the company’s policies regarding manipulated media.

The president had tweeted a doctored version of a viral video from September, which showed pair of toddler “besties” hugging on a New York City street.

In the video Trump shared with his 80 million followers, the clip was edited to show one of the tots, who is white, running after the other child, who is black, with a fake CNN headline that read: “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”

“Racist baby probably a Trump voter,” a subsequent headline reads.

The clip then goes on to say: “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

It had been shared more than 96,000 times and racked up nearly 200,000 likes by Thursday night. The video appeared to have been created by an account called “CarpeDonktum,” which Trump has shared content from previously.

Twitter added an alert labeling the tweet as “Manipulated media.”

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Donald TrumpAFP via Getty Images

“This Tweet has been labeled per our synthetic and manipulated media policy to give people more context,” said Twitter spokesman Ian Plunkett.

The tech giant’s policy prohibits sharing videos, photos or audio that “have been deceptively altered or fabricated” to trick viewers and potentially cause harm.

It also may add a label to a tweet “containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”

This is the third time that Twitter has taken action against the president’s tweets. It previously labeled missives from Trump about mail-in ballots as promoting misinformation and censored a tweet that said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” for violating its terms on violence.


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