London: Twitter has added another tag to a tweet from President Donald Trump, this time warning that the video he shared has been tampered with and has intensified the social media company’s popularity with its most widely followed users Suppression.
After Trump tweeted the video late Thursday, Twitter took the rare step of adding a warning that it was “manipulated media” and linked to a page that said multiple journalists confirmed the clip was edited to make it look like 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 original video of the boys excitedly running to each other and hugging, which formed the basis of the original CNN story, before showing the message, “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”
This is a contest between Trump and technology companies. He accused the voice of keeping the conservative voice silent.
Trump lashed out on Twitter last month because it added fact-check warnings to two of his tweets in a mail vote and vowed to add new regulations to control social media companies.
Twitter used “manipulative media” warnings in March to mark videos of Biden shared by President Donald Trump.