Trump's 'Racist' Toddler Video Removed By Facebook, Twitter After Parent Complains
A "rigged" two-child video posted by President Donald Trump to take an ugly political stance was removed from both Facebook and Twitter after a parent accused one of the children of Trump violating the copyright law to have.
The video was originally marked as "rigged media" by Twitter on Friday.
The original film, released a year ago, shows two little boys, a white and a black, running down a sidewalk to hug each other. The video was distorted to show only part of the video as the boys with the black toddler run down the street in front of their white friend. A fake CNN chyron with the video reads: "Scared toddler runs away from a racist baby" - with a misspelled "toddler".
A message at the end of the video reads: "America is not the problem. There are fake news. "Ironically, the president's post was fake. The twisted video was posted to Trump's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Jukin Media, a company representing video artists, including the parent who owns the original video, made a statement that the president had no permission to use the film.
"After our review, we believe that its unauthorized use of the content is a clear example of copyright infringement without a valid fair use or other defense," he added. The statement also states: "We do not endorse or tolerate the manipulated video or the message it conveys in any way."
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Michael Cisneros, the father of one of the infants in Manhattan, wrote on Thursday evening in a Facebook post on the video posted by Trump: "HE WILL NOT TURN THIS LOVING, BEAUTIFUL VIDEO TO ANOTHER HATE AGENDA !! !! !! !! ”
Cisneros said last year he released the film on social media because he thought it was a good time to be posting in the midst of racism and hatred in the world, CNN reported.
It was not immediately clear whether Cisneros was the parent represented by Junkin.
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told HuffPost in an email: "We received a copyright complaint from the rights holder of this video under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and removed the post."
A Twitter spokesman said: "In accordance with our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints that have been sent to us by a copyright owner or his authorized representative."
Trump's altered video was reportedly created by Carpe Donktum, a notorious pro-Trump meme maker. Trump released the video amid protests against racism across the country after George Floyd's death during a brutal arrest by Minneapolis police officers. The message seems to mock the idea that there is racism - and scold CNN again for "bad news".
On Thursday, Facebook removed almost 100 ads with Nazi iconography and was posted on the social media platform the day before Trump's re-election campaign. The displays contained inverted triangles that the Nazis used to identify political prisoners in concentration camps.
The toddler video had over 20 million views on Twitter and 4 million views on Facebook before it was removed.
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