Twitter disables video in Trump’s retweet after Linkin Park files copyright complaint


Twitter confirmed that it deleted a campaign video that President Trump retweeted on Saturday about a copyright infringement complaint. Linkin Park’s song “In the End” was featured in the background of the video, which included footage of President Trump and clips from his inaugural address.

“In accordance with our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by the copyright owner or their authorized representative,” said a spokesperson for Twitter in an email The edge on Sunday.

The group tweeted Saturday that it was pursuing a “cease and desist” and that it had not authorized the use of its song in the video: “Linkin Park did not approve and does not support Trump. “

The copyright notice was published in the Lumen Database, a non-profit transparency initiative.

White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino tweeted the video Friday night and President Trump’s official Twitter retweeted it on Saturday. The retweet is no longer visible on the president’s Twitter thread, but the original Scavino tweet is still live Sunday morning (minus the video).

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This isn’t the first time Twitter has taken action against one of Trump’s tweets regarding a copyright infringement complaint. Last month, he turned off a four-minute campaign video that included footage of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck. Facebook and Instagram have removed any posts containing the video from their platforms. The president called the deletion “illegal” in a tweet, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied, “It is neither true nor illegal. This was removed because we received a DMCA complaint from the copyright holder.


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