Twitter has labelled a video shared by President Donald Trump as "manipulated media." The video shows a child appearing to chase another to some dramatic music, with a fake CNN chyron that reads "terrified toddler runs from racist baby."
The video shows a child appearing to chase another to some dramatic music, with a fake CNN chyron that reads, "terrified toddler runs from racist baby." The chyron then changes to read: "Racist baby probably a Trump voter."
The video then fades away and claims to show "what actually happened." It shows that the two children were playing, as 'Close To You' by Carpenters plays in the background.
The video then fades to black, with text on the screen reading: "America is not the problem, fake news is. If you see something, say something. Only you can prevent fake news dumpster fires."
President Trump shared the video, which appears to have originated from a Pro-Trump meme page, with his millions of followers.
CNN was quick to point out that they had covered the video when it originally went viral, their piece was titled: "These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like."
"CNN did cover this story - exactly as it happened," they wrote on Twitter. "Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers). We’ll continue working with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better."
Trump's tweet was quickly labelled as "manipulated media" by Twitter.
"Multiple journalists confirmed that the video, which was shared by President Trump, is edited and features a fake CNN chyron," the social media company wrote. "The original CNN story, which is from 2019, reported on a friendship between two toddlers."
Others were also quick to point out the irony of the situation.
"I guess complaining about fake news while sharing fake news about fake news is that next level 4D chess everyone’s talking bout," one user wrote.
Twitter had previously posted warnings on several other Trump tweets. President Trump didn't seem too happy with the corrections, taking to Twitter to rail against the social media platform after they fact-checked his tweets about mail-in voting.
"[Twitter] is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election," he wrote. "They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post. Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"
President Trump then laid into social media as a whole, writing: "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!"
Twitter also posted a warning on a Trump tweet encouraging the shooting of looters. They wrote in a notice on the tweet that it violated their policies on "glorifying violence."
"Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party," Trump wrote in response. "They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!"
Following that disagreement, President Trump signed an executive order that would allow social media sites to lose a shield that protects them from lawsuits for content that their users post online.
"A small handful of social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communications in the United States," President Trump claimed. "They've had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter, virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences."
"In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet," the order says. "This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power."
Facebook, Twitter, and Google condemned the move.
"By exposing companies to potential liability for everything that billions of people around the world say, this would penalize companies that choose to allow controversial speech and encourage platforms to censor anything that might offend anyone," Facebook told CNN.
"Our platforms have empowered a wide range of people and organizations from across the political spectrum, giving them a voice and new ways to reach their audiences," Google added. "Undermining Section 230 in this way would hurt America's economy and its global leadership on internet freedom."
Twitter labelled it as "a reactionary and politicized approach to a landmark law."