LONDON (AP) — Twitter has slapped another label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, this point warning that a video he shared was doctored and escalating the social media company’s crackdown on one among its most generally followed users.
After Trump tweeted the video late Thursday, Twitter took the rare step of adding a warning that it had been “manipulated media” and linked to a page that said multiple journalists confirmed the clip was edited to form it appear as if a CNN broadcast. The video remains visible in Trump’s timeline.
The doctored clip used footage from a video that went viral last year of two toddlers, one black, one white, which CNN used for a story it did on the boys’ friendship.
The video Trump shared begins with footage of the boys running set to ominous music, with a fake misspelled CNN caption reading, “Terrified todler runs from racist baby.” Then it cuts to other footage from the first video of the boys excitedly running to every other and hugging, which formed the idea of the first CNN story, before showing the message, “America isn’t the matter . Fake news is.”
It’s the newest salvo within the battle between Trump and tech companies, which he has accused of silencing conservative voices.
Trump lashed out at Twitter last month after it added fact-check warnings to 2 of his tweets on mail-in voting, and vowed to feature new regulations to rein in social media companies.
Twitter in March used the “manipulated media” warning to mark a video of Biden shared by President Donald Trump.