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Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Remove a Trump Campaign Video

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Remove a Trump Campaign Video - Appy Pie

According to a report by Reuters, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have all removed a Trump campaign video from their platforms after receiving copyright complaints. Twitter disabled the video, while Facebook and Instagram removed posts containing the video.

The nearly four-minute video featured images of the late George Floyd of Minneapolis, who died May 25th after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. A video of the incident has prompted nationwide protests of police violence.

When President Trump objected to the removal in a tweet saying, “Twitter Pulls Trump Campaign Video of President Showing Empathy For Peaceful Protesters They are fighting hard for the Radical Left Democrats. A one-sided battle. Illegal. Section 230!” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded, “Not true and not illegal. This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from the copyright holder.”

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, told Reuters, “Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are expected to have the right to do so,” the spokesperson said. YouTube did not remove a version of the video from its platform, saying it did not contain the content that violated the copyright. As of Saturday morning, the YouTube version of the video had nearly half a million views.”

It wasn’t clear who filed the copyright complaint about the video, titled “Healing Not Hatred,” which includes images of demonstrations protesting Floyd’s death and a voiceover of a President Trump’s speech where he says the “death of George Floyd was a grave tragedy.”

The decision comes after Twitter applied labels to two of President Trump’s tweets, one that used the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” for “glorifying violence” and another one for being “potentially misleading” about mail-in voting. Trump later issued an executive order governing how websites can moderate the content.


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