Twitter has come under fire for not taking down a ‘deceptively edited’ video that made Donald Trump look ‘disoriented’ before the president walked toward Marine One on the White House lawn.
Twitter user Tom Joseph shared the video on Sunday with the caption: ‘Trump is lost [and] disoriented here. His mind goes blank and he doesn’t remember what he’s supposed to do next.
‘He’s deep into his degenerative neurological disease — Frontotemporal dementia — mindlessly lumbering and zigzagging in the grass towards a puddle.’
The video had a ‘manipulated media’ tag added to it by Twitter on Monday, but was allowed to go viral with 2.7 million views, according to Fox News.
It has since been deleted or removed.
Several journalists pointed out that the video, which is said to be from August 2019, lacked context.
In the clip, Trump is seen walking on the South Lawn at the White House where he was preparing to meet First Lady Melania Trump.
He is seen pointing at a puddle in the altered version, but the real version of the video shows Trump alerting First Lady Melania Trump to the puddle so that she wouldn’t step in the water.
ABC News reporter, Will Steakin, tweeted on Monday that Trump ‘was simply walking back to wait for FLOTUS here’.
‘This false tweet has over 23K retweets and the deceptively edited video has over 2 million views,’ Steakin added.
Over the past few months, Twitter has flagged tweets from President Trump.
One of the most controversial incidents came when Twitter flagged one of the president’s tweet because it was ‘glorifying violence’.
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