Twitter Just Disabled Donald Trump’s Video Tribute to George Floyd

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Twitter just took down Donald Trump’s campaign video which was uploaded to pay a tribute to George Floyd. The video was taken down by Twitter on the grounds of copyright infringement. Twitter had put a label on the video posted by @TeamTrump that said, “This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner.”

The disabling of the video has brought about the tension between the social media platform and U.S. president, following which Trump said that the campaign account was being censored. 

Trump responded by urging its 1.7 million to watch the video on YouTube. The video was still present on President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel and includes pictures of George Floyd. The video was titled “Healing, Not Hatred,” and is currently still available on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. 

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“As Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” Twitter said in a particular statement but it did not disclose who had made the complaint.

Donald Trump had recently, just about a month back, threatened to “strongly regulate” or shut down the social media companies because of Twitter’s fact-checking warnings about two of president’s tweets about “mail-in ballot”. 

The video, which was of 3:45 minute duration, comprised of a clip in which Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the ”grave tragedy” around the death of George Floyd. Donald Trump was also heard saying in the video that the unfortunate incident “should never have happened.” 

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The campaign video includes images and videos and is a memorial for George Floyd. “The memory of George Floyd is being dishonoured by rioters, looters and anarchists,” said Donald Trump in reference to the riots and the acts of vandalism committed by the protesters. 

Donald Trump’s third tweet about the Minneapolis protests which read, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” was also termed to be violent in nature by Twitter as it was said that it violates the social media’s policies against violence. 

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In 2019, again after receiving copyright infringement complaints, Twitter was forced to remove a Donald Trump tweet that showed a doctored Nickelback music video clip that took a dig at former Vice President Joe Biden.

Social media platforms have been fiercely scrutinising President Trump’s administration and all the tweets that go up on social media which could possibly be violating policies or offensive as a whole. Many such posts by Donald Trump itself was disabled and removed as it featured unsubstantiated statements and content about a lot of people and events.  

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Anushmita Samal
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