Twitter is back waging war against President Trump tweet, this time disabling a video on a tweet he posted earlier Friday after initially flagging the clip as “manipulated media” that included a clip of a black toddler and a white toddler edited with a CNN chyron reading “terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”
“This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner,” the message reads a message when users try to view the video.
The video, created by pro-Trump satirist Carpe Donktum, begins by showing a black toddler running away from a white toddler with a CNN chyron that reads, “Terrified toddler runs away from racist baby,” followed by another chyron right after, “Racist baby probably a Trump voter.”
The video then reverts to the original clip midway showing the two toddlers run toward each other and hug with excitement to the tune of Harry Connick Jr.’s version of the song “Close to You” with a graphic reading “what actually happened.”
After the original clip, it plays into a title reading “America is not the problem… Fake news is. If you see something, say something. Only you can prevent fake news dumpster fires.”
The video garnered more than 20 million views before Twitter disabled it.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the social media removed the video post after one of the toddler parent filed a complaint.
“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for everyone who uses our service, regardless of their background or political affiliation.”
“You may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm,” the spokesperson explained. “In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context.”
CNN also responded to the tweet with a link to its 2019 story about the video, writing “We’ll continue working with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better.”
The actual footage is from a viral Facebook video that was shared last year features two toddlers, one black and one white saw each other, and ran to embrace one another with the biggest hug ever.
Earlier, Twitter flagged the tweet as containing “manipulated media.”
“You may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context,” Twitter explains in a link attached to the label.
“This tweet has been labeled per our synthetic and manipulated media policy to give people more context,” a Twitter spokesperson said in response to the flagged label.
Trump re-election campaign responded to Twitter “outrageous war” against the President.
“The outrageous war on President Trump being waged by the Silicon Valley Mafia continues,” Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement. “That footage has already made its way around the Internet and back, but it only became an issue when the President tweeted it. “Even more striking is that Twitter first labeled the video ‘manipulated,’ The entire point of the video was to demonstrate how video can easily be altered by the media and others, so the labeling of the video as ‘manipulated’ comically confirms the whole premise. The joke was on Twitter.”
The tweet marks the third time the social media platform has flagged a tweet by the president. The first time Twitter slapped a fact-check warning label under two of his tweets regarding mail-in voting. The second time occurred less than a week later when Twitter censors Trump’s Minneapolis tweet as ‘glorifying violence.’