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We fact-checked a fake, viral video with a Trump supporter
Misleading content shared by Trump and his team is often defended as humor. But his supporters aren't always in on the joke. When CNN's Donie O'Sullivan went to a Trump rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, grievances against social media platforms Twitter and Facebook were a common refrain. Many of the President's supporters told CNN that they felt the platforms' fact-checking processes were biased against conservative viewpoints. Others discussed social media posts that contained manipulated media as if they were real. "Like when Joe Biden fell asleep during a live interview on television," one supporter recalled, describing a video that went viral only a few weeks prior to the rally. The video — which appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sleeping as a TV news anchor repeats, "Wake up!" — was shared on Twitter by White House social media director Dan Scavino. But the video was fake. It was achieved by splicing together real footage of a 2011 interview between journalist Leyla Santiago, now of CNN, and entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte with footage of Biden looking down, his eyes appearing at least partially closed, to make it appear as if he were snoozing. An audio track of loud snoring was placed on the video to complete the effect. When the video was fact-checked by news outlets, including CNN, and eventually labeled as "manipulated media" by Twitter, prominent Trump supporters complained that it was an obvious joke and a meme. Asked last week why Trump shares fake videos and baseless conspiracy theories about Biden, Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign communications director, invoked a meme defense. "You call it a fake video. What it is is an internet meme," he said. "Those are very frequently done to make a political point." The joke was lost on Chris, the Trump supporter in Bemidji, who apparently believed the video was real footage. He acknowledged, "I missed that one," when he was shown how the video had been manipulated. But the fact the video was faked didn't change his impression of Biden because he believed something like that could happen, Chris said. Chris said he did not want to share his last name. The dissemination of misleading videos about Biden by the Trump campaign in an effort to make the Democratic presidential nominee seem confused or senile has happened repeatedly. #2020Election #CNN #DonieOSullivan
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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky: We still plan to go public
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky joins CNN's Richard Quest to discuss the company's continued plans to go public in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. #CNN #News
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Doctors baffled by Covid-19 'long hauler' patients
For some patients diagnosed with coronavirus, the symptoms can linger on for months. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with some of the so-called "long haulers" who are living a nightmare that has medical experts scratching their heads. #CNN #News
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Chelsea Clinton fights misinformation on vaccine safety
While some families in the US are concerned about the potential effects of taking a vaccine, others are exploiting fears by spreading misinformation online. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen speaks with vaccine advocate Chelsea Clinton about the battle for facts. #CNN #News
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Why people fear TikTok could threaten national security
Video sharing app TikTok is experiencing record-setting growth. But now it could be banned in the US. CNN Business explains why politicians fear TikTok's automatic data collection could prove a national security threat. #Tech #CNN #News
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Trump posts manipulated video to Twitter and Facebook
Facebook removed a video posted by President Donald Trump's account that had twisted a viral video of two toddlers after one of the children's parents lodged a copyright claim. The video had more than 4 million views by the time Facebook took it down. The now-removed clip is a crude and misleading edit of a video that went viral last year which shows a Black child and a White child running to hug each other. The version posted to Trump's account made it first appear as if the Black child was running away from the White child. Jukin Media, a company that represents creators of videos including the parent who owns this video, said in a statement provided to CNN Business Friday afternoon, "Neither the video owner nor Jukin Media gave the President permission to post the video, and after our review, we believe that his unauthorized usage of the content is a clear example of copyright infringement without valid fair use or other defense." Jukin said in its statement that it had submitted a takedown request to Twitter (TWTR). As of Friday afternoon, the video remained on Twitter, which had no comment. Jukin did not confirm it had sent the takedown request to Facebook, but Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, said "We received a copyright complaint from the rights holder of this video under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and have removed the post." The video was put on Trump's Facebook account after he tweeted it Thursday night, the eve of Juneteenth, the oldest known holiday honoring the end of slavery in the United States. ##CNN #News
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Facebook pulls Trump ads for violating 'organized hate' policy
Facebook said it had taken action against ads run by President Trump's re-election campaign for breaching its policies on hate. The ads, which attacked what the Trump campaign described as "Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups," featured an upside-down triangle. The Anti-Defamation League said Thursday the triangle "is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps." "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," Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, told CNN Business. The hate group to which Facebook was referring in its statement is Nazis, the company confirmed. The ads targeted the far-left group antifa, calling on Trump supporters to back the President's calls to designate the group a terrorist organization. Responding to criticism of the ad earlier Thursday, the Trump campaign claimed the red triangle was "a symbol widely used by Antifa." The campaign pointed CNN Business to several links to poster, sticker, and magnet websites that sell unofficial merchandise designed by their users that contains the symbol. The campaign did not point to any examples of antifa activists wearing the symbol. The ADL said Thursday that some antifa activists have used the symbol, but it is not particularly common. #CNN #News #Facebook
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Astronauts disembark SpaceX ship and board space station
US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have successfully disembarked the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and entered the International Space Station. #CNN #News
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NASA, SpaceX launch astronauts from US soil
A SpaceX spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space — marking the first time humans have traveled into Earth's orbit from US soil in nearly a decade. Liftoff occurred just after 3:20 pm ET from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, will spend about 19 hours aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule as it slowly maneuvers its way toward the International Space Station. #Space #CNN #News
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Colliding galaxies formed 'cosmic ring of fire,' scientists say
Images of Galaxy R5519 show a rare "cosmic ring of fire" thought to have formed when two galaxies collide. #R5519 #CNN #News
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The biggest moments in SpaceX's history
Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Since then, the company has had a series of innovative breakthroughs and a few memorable mishaps. #SpaceX #CNN #News
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The true story behind Pac-Man and his ghosts
When 'Pac-Man' debuted in Tokyo 40 years ago, no one could have predicted it would become the most successful arcade game of all time. #PacMan #CNN #News
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Study links drug Trump touted to greater risk of death
Seriously ill Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine were more likely to die or develop dangerous heart arrhythmias, according to a large observational study published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet. Researchers looked at data from more than 96,000 Covid-19 patients from 671 hospitals. All were hospitalized from late December to mid-April and had died or been discharged by April 21. Just below 15,000 were treated with the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, or one of those drugs combined with an antibiotic. #Covid #CNN #News
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Meet the two astronauts set to make history in a SpaceX capsule
CNN Business' Rachel Crane speaks with veteran NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley about their upcoming test flight aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. They'll be the first humans sent to space from US soil since the Shuttle program ended almost a decade ago. #Space #CNN #News
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Largest recorded hole in Arctic's ozone layer closes
An ozone hole that formed over the Arctic this spring and eventually grew into the largest ever recorded there has closed after splitting apart. #ClimateChange #CNN #News
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Video from Apollo 11 like you've never seen it before
"It was jaw-dropping," says the director of "Apollo 11." Todd Douglas Miller talks about discovering 50 year old film of the historic launch in pristine condition. #Space #CNN #News
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Why thousands are getting coronavirus on purpose
Infecting volunteers with Covid-19 could cut a vaccine study by months. CNN's Drew Griffin reports #Covid #CNN #News
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Astronauts experiment with Nickelodeon's slime in space
Nickelodeon sent their signature "slime" to astronauts on the International Space Station to perform experiments and have a little fun #Space #CNN #News
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Fewer salmon are surviving migration Here's why that matters
Fewer and fewer salmon are able to navigate the waters leading inland from the Pacific Ocean due to dams and higher water temperatures. CNN's Bill Weir reports. #ClimateCrisis #CNN #News
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New York's secret weapon against climate change. Oysters
Hundreds of years ago, oyster reefs helped protect New York City from hurricanes and storm surge. Now, as the city prepares for climate change, a project is underway to bring back the long-lost oysters. #ClimateCrisis #CNN #News
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Most common recycling mistakes
Some items that may seem right for your recycling bin actually aren't, and it's doing more harm than you might realize. CNN's Allison Chinchar explains. #ClimateCrisis #CNN #News
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What you can do to slow climate change
Here are a few things you can do to start making a difference in slowing down climate change. #ClimateCrisis #CNN #News
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Why it can be so hard to care about the climate crisis
The human brain just isn't wired to grasp the looming threats of the climate crisis, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains. But there is hope if we change how we look at the problem. #DrGupta #CNN #News
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How climate change impacted the world in 2019
Rising sea levels, devastating disasters, fires burning at record rates, and threats of food shortage -- as 2019 marks the end of the hottest decade on record, CNN recaps some of the catastrophic effects of climate change this year across the globe #ClimateChange #CNN #News
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'I'm sorry:' Dad's message to son born during climate crisis
CNN correspondent Bill Weir shares video of the moment his son was born and reads a letter to him about the current state of the world and the warnings not heeded about climate change. #ClimateChange #CNN #News
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