Revolting video of Ted Cruz eating a fruit fly turns out to be a deep fake
During an interview on Fox News, a phony video of Sen. Ted Cruz seemingly slurping up a fly and then washing it down with a drink of water went viral late Wednesday night, with the hashtag “ToadCruz” trending.
The video drew Twitter users in like a moth to a flame.
“Is that Seor Frog, I overheard in Cancun? One Twitter user wrote, “No, that’s #ToadCruz,” referring to the doctored footage.
Another user commented, “It’s appropriate that a fly landed on #TurdCruz, so now he’s also #ToadCruz.”
Another user wrote, “Public Service Announcement: Wait until after you’ve finished breakfast to see why #ToadCruz is trending.”
Cruz paused for a moment to take a drink of water to clear his throat during an interview on Sean Hannity’s show in June 2019, according to Mediaite, but no fly emerged in the frame.
The fly was then added to the video, which was subsequently re-posted on Twitter on Wednesday night.
According to Trends 24, #ToadCruz was still the top trending Tweet as of Thursday morning.
Other users linked it to a fly crawling on former Vice President Mike Pence’s head during the October 2020 debate with then-Sen. Kamala Harris.
The fly video is still going viral — and trending — despite Twitter’s “manipulated media policy,” which states that users “may not deceptively promote synthetic or manipulated media that is likely to cause harm.”
Twitter “is likely” to label content or “may” remove it if it is “significantly and deceptively altered or fabricated” or if it is “likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm,” according to its online guidelines.
If the content violates those two rules and has been “shared in a deceptive manner,” it is “likely” to be removed.
Last October, Twitter took exceptional action against The Washington Post, censoring the paper’s exposés on Hunter Biden and his overseas dealings.
Because the articles about material taken from Biden’s laptop violate the social network’s rules against “distribution of hacked material,” The Post’s account was restricted for two weeks leading up to the election.
At the end of October, Twitter gave in and authorized access to the reports.
A request for comment from Twitter was not immediately returned.