Twitter disables Donald Trump tweet after Linkin Park copyright complaint

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Twitter disabled a campaign-style video that US President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday, citing a copyright complaint. The video, which included music from the group Linkin Park, disappeared from the president’s Twitter feed late on Saturday with the notification: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

Twitter removed the video, which Mr Trump had retweeted from White House social media director Dan Scavino, after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice from Machine Shop Entertainment, according to a notice posted on the Lumen Database, which collects requests for removal of online materials.

Machine Shop is a management company owned by the rock band Linkin Park, according to its LinkedIn page.

“We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives,” a Twitter representative said in an email statement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter began challenging Mr Trump’s tweets in May and has repeatedly clashed with him since.

The social media company has several times disabled or commented on tweets by the president because of what it said were copyright complaints or violations of a policy against threatening violence.

Twitter removed an image the president tweeted on June 30, which included a picture of Mr Trump, because of a complaint from the New York Times, whose photographer had shot the image.

The company also put a tweet from the president behind a warning label in late May, saying that he had violated its rules against “glorifying violence” when he advocated that Minneapolis authorities should be tough in responding to protests over the death of George Floyd.

In late June, Twitter censored a tweet by Mr Trump for breaking its rules against “abusive behaviour”. Mr Trump had vowed that any attempt by protesters to set up an “autonomous zone” on the streets of Washington DC would be “met with serious force”.

But Twitter declared his words to be “a threat of harm against an identifiable group” and branded them with a warning label that made it impossible for other users to like, reply to or retweet them.

Reference: The Telegraph: Reuters 12 hrs ago 18th July 2020