In the video clip that Trump shared in the tweet, the video starts with the black toddler seemingly running away from the white toddler, with overlays on the video very reminiscent of the graphics that television network CNN uses. It then cuts to show that the toddlers actually ran toward each other to share a hug before scurrying off together. "Fake news is. If you see something, say something".
The video, which had 7.9 million views at the time of writing, quickly earned Twitter's "manipulated media" warning label, indicating just under the tweet itself that the content is not what it seems.
Mediaite described the video as from "a popular, right-wing meme account", but did not identify it.
Indeed, CNN ran a story about the two toddlers in 2019 titled "These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like".
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Twitter twice flagged Trump tweets over the past month, enraging the President and his supporters and even prompting the President to sign an executive order targeting social media companies. In the tweet, Trump implied he would encourage the National Guard to shoot anyone looting during protests against police brutality.
Trump has been battling with Twitter and other tech companies over alleged censorship of conservative voices on social media platforms. "In addition, we may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and to provide additional context".
In a subsequent tweet, Twitter wrote "this tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today".
CNN first reported on the viral video in September 2019. The ads, attacking the leftwing group antifa, featured a symbol that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said was "practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps".