Twitter disables Trump video tribute to George Floyd over copyright complaint

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Twitter Inc has disabled US President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.

KEY POINTS:

  • Twitter has disables President Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform
  • The company said the video on the president’s campaign account was affected by its copyright policy
  • The clip is still available elsewhere
  • It is unknown as to whether this is a strategic decision by the Board of Twitter, the actions of employees, or management seeking to enforce policy

The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of the well respected Mr Floyd’s death, has Trump speaking in the background.

Floyd’s death last week after a fatal encounter with a police officer has led to nationwide protests. In widely circulated video footage, a white officer was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “I can’t breathe,” before passing out.

Twitter said the video on the president’s campaign account was affected by its copyright policy.

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

The three-minute 45-second video uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel was tweeted by his campaign on June 3.

The clip, which is still on YouTube, had garnered more than 60,000 views and 13,000 likes. The video-streaming platform’s parent Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The social media platform has been under fierce scrutiny from the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump’s tweets about unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voting fraud. It also labelled a Trump tweet about protests in Minneapolis as “glorifying violence.”

Trump has pledged to introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru. Editing by Tom Hogue and Stephen Coates.

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