White House shared bogus misinformation about a Jewish center's security — then had to delete it

White House shared bogus misinformation about a Jewish center's security — then had to delete it
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
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The White House Twitter account on Wednesday deleted a video tweet it had shared containing misinformation about a Jewish community center's security barrier.

In the video, a series of clips were spliced together to raise alarm about violence arising from the ongoing protests in response to the killing of George Floyd. Though some violence was captured in the videos, most of the clips merely showed piles of bricks with the insinuation that rioters planned to use them for destruction and attacks.

Buzzfeed News reported this week that many of the claims about video and images of bricks circulating during the protests have completely innocuous explanations. One such claim the outlet debunked was an image of bricks in metal crates on a sidewalk. While the narrator of the video showing the crates said, "That don't look right to me," BuzzFeed found that they were "security barriers installed to protect a Jewish community building."

"To all our concerned neighbors and friends, there were false pictures and videos going around today, claiming some bricks or rocks were placed at our center. Here is the truth: THESE ARE SECURITY BARRIERS and have been here for almost a year," Chabad of Sherman Oaks explained on Facebook.

Nevertheless, the White House shared the video with the clips of the security barriers, falsely spreading the idea that they were for nefarious purposes.

CNN's Daniel Dale preserved screenshots of the video. He also showed that the community center removed the bricks from the crates to "alleviate concerns" after the misinformation was shared widely.

Though the White House's tweet was deleted, it has not yet issued a public apology or explanation for its actions.

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