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Twitter Flags Trump's Tweet of Doctored 'Racist Baby' Video

The original video went viral on social media in September 2019

Underneath the United States president's tweet, the social network added a "manipulated media" label.

The clip Trump promoted suggested that CNN would have spun the viral video to make it appear negative. The latest tweet, posted a few hours ago, shows what is an altered version of a popular video that went viral on social media previous year, which shows a black toddler and a white toddler hugging.

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".

After Trump tweeted the video it quickly went viral, racking up millions of views in less than two hours.

Twitter describes the designation as applying to tweets that "deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm".

The link also confirms that the original story about the friendship between the two toddlers was reported by CNN in September 2019.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Kyle Daly: Twitter seems to be growing more comfortable with checking Trump after years of being criticized for holding him to different standards than other users. We'll continue working with facts and invite you to do the same, rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children.

The video closes by claiming that "America is not the problem".

It's probably fair to say Donald Trump has a love-hate relationship with Twitter.

It was widely reported on, including by CNN, which ran the video under the headline: "These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like".

A few days later, Twitter labeled as a glorification of violence a Trump tweet in which he said, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

Mr Trump responded by signing an executive order to restrict legal protections allowing social media sites to remove content they deem inappropriate, a power he described as being akin to censorship.

In March, Twitter used the "manipulated media" warning to mark a video of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden shared by Trump.

Another social media giant, Facebook, said on Thursday it removed ads by President Trump's re-election campaign that contained a symbol used in Nazi Germany for political prisoners.

In other words, it looks like Trump's tweet containing the altered media was created to lend credence to his frequent claim that CNN churns out "fake news".