— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
The social media giant Twitter has begun a low-key (and perhaps not so low-key) campaign to censor the President’s messages on its platform. Last month it called the President’s tweets about mail-in ballots misinformation and attached a “warning” label to them.
Yesterday Twitter attached another warning label on one of the president’s tweets – a viral video showing two young children, one black and one white. In the first few seconds of the President’s video, the two boys are shown running away from each other. The caption reads “Terrified Todler [sic] Runs From Racist Baby,” intimating that there was racial strife between the two.
The video then shows the original context: that the two boys were actually friends, happy to see each other, hugged and were running off to play with one another. The caption then reads, “America is not the problem…fake news is.”
The tongue-in-cheek video was meant to show the dangers the mainstream media’s censoring of actual events can cause. Ironically, Twitter found it necessary to censor the video.