By adding gasoline to the Trumpster fire, Twitter has now hit Donald Trump with another tag on one of his tweets. This time Twitter slapped a little “Media manipulated“Label oa video posted by Trump which showed two children playing.
The original video is adorable. It shows two little besties – one black, one white – getting together with probably the biggest hug in the world, then playing. It is precious. It gives me life. Then Trump and his company decided to add a false banner to it. Taking a clip of the video, where the black child apparently runs away from the white child (they were playing), the video shows CNN branding with the title “Terrified Toddler (sic) Short of Racist Baby” on it.
Supporters claim it is satire, but the original tweet offers no references or wording to back it up. It’s the video and nothing else. In the current political climate, the intentions here are clear, no matter how much mental gymnastics one might do to justify it. It aims to divide us further. This is not a joke.
CNN replied to Trump’s tweet, noting, “CNN covered this story – exactly as it happened. Just like we reported your race positions (and poll numbers). We will continue to work with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better.”
A Twitter spokesperson tell Engadget, “This Tweet has been tagged in accordance with our synthetic media policy and manipulated to give people more context.”