The original film, posted a year ago, has two small boys, one white and the other Black, running down a sidewalk to kiss each other. The video has been mutilated to show only part of the video when the boys take off down the street with the Black child running in front of his white friend. A fake CNN chyron with the video reads as follows: “Terrified todler runs from a racist baby” — with a “small” misspelled.
A message at the end of the video reads as follows: “America is not the problem. False news is.” Ironically, it is the president of the post that was false. The twisted video has been posted to the take-out on Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Jukin Media, a company that represents the video creators, including the parent who owns the original video, has issued a statement that the president does not have the permission to use the film.
“After our review, we believe that the unauthorized use of the content is a clear example of copyright violation without fair use or other defense,” he added. The statement also noted: “In no way do we support or tolerate the manipulated video or the message it conveys.”
Cisneros said the past year, he posted the film to social media because he thought it was a beautiful moment for the display 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 copyright holder of this video, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and you removed the post.”
A spokesperson for Twitter said: “in Accordance with our copyright policy, we respond to copyright complaints submitted by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.”
The alteration of the video posted by Trump would have been created by Carp Donktum, a famous pro-Trump meme maker. Trump posted the video in the middle of the anti-racism protests across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd during a brutal arrest by Minneapolis cops. The message seems to mock the idea that racism exists — and to scold CNN, once again, for the “false news”.
On Thursday, Facebook removed nearly 100 ads featured the iconography of Nazi and have been published on the social media platform for Trump’s re-election campaign of the previous day. The ads included inverted triangles, which the Nazis used to identify the political prisoners in the concentration camps.
The toddler video has over 20 million views on Twitter and 4 million views on Facebook before it was taken down.