Facebook removes Nazi Trump ads while Twitter flags up 'racist baby' tweet

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The Trump administration has been dealt a double blow on social media after Twitter flagged a tweet from the president as "manipulated media" and Facebook remove election ads that featured a Nazi symbol and called for Antifa to be declared a terrorist organization.

On Twitter, Trump retweeted a video labelled as depicting a "racist baby" and made to look like a CNN news clip. In the case of Facebook, an ad that violated the company's policies against organized hate was taken down.

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The advertisements on Facebook were part of Trump's 2020 re-election campaign and invited supporters to sign a "STOP ANTIFA" petition. Controversially, the ad featured an inverted red triangle, a symbol infamously used by the Nazis to identify political prisoners in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

A spokesperson for Facebook said:

We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol.

Twitter's intervention came after Trump retweeted a mocked-up CNN video of two toddlers:

The tweet was supposed to be an attack on the "fake news" the president frequently obsesses over, but was itself a warped reframing of a real CNN video, as some were quick to point out:

The "manipulated media" label slapped on the tweet is Twitter's latest intervention into Trump's stream of tweets and it's unlikely to be well-received. When Trump and Twitter last locked horns, the president threatened to close down social media platforms.

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