Facebook and Twitter have both removed a video posted by US President Donald Trump, which was altered to appear as if it had aired on CNN, after receiving a copyright-infringement claim.
“We received a copyright complaint from the rights holder of this video under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and have removed the post,” a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Variety on Friday.
A Twitter rep also said the video from Trump’s tweet was removed. “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives.
On Thursday, Mr Trump cross-posted a meme video to Twitter and Facebook that was doctored with a fake CNN graphic and captions reading “Terrified Todler [sic] Runs From Racist Baby” and “Racist Baby Probably a Trump Voter”.
The faked video, created by right-wing meme account Carpe Donktum, implied CNN was “fake news” and urged viewers to report “fake news” when they see it.
Twitter applied a “manipulated media” warning to Mr Trump’s post, the first time it added that specific tag to one of his tweets.
The original CNN story from September 2019 about a pair of two-year-olds in New York was headlined, “These two toddlers are showing us what real-life besties look like”. The feature included footage from a viral video shared by one of the kids’ dads on Facebook.