Twitter deletes Donald Trump’s tweeted image over copyright complaint

by Maruf Adedeji
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Twitter has taken down an image tweeted by the US President Donald Trump, saying the image violated the company’s privacy policy.

The move made on Thursday July 2020, followed a copyright complaint received by Twitter over Trump’s recent tweet.

“In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you. I’m just in the way,” the tweet reads.

The tweet was accompanied with a “meme” version of a photo taken by the New York Times in 2015.

The background picture was taken by a New York Times photographer, to accompany a feature article on the presidential candidate Trump in September, 2015.

After the New York Times had complained to Twitter, the micro-blogging platform removed the picture in Trump’s original tweet issued on June, 2020.

Twitter now displays the message, “This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder,” in place of the tweet.

The social media giant’s decision is the latest instance of content posted by Trump being removed, due to what Twitter says is copyright complaints.

Late last month, Twitter flagged a Trump’s tweet for “glorifying violence and violating its policy”. Twitter had earlier labelled a video tweeted by him which mocked CNN as manipulated media.

A campaign tribute video to George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis was also disabled by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on their platforms last months, due to copyright complaints.

This latest instance saw Twitter remove the image after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint from the New York Times, which owns the right to the photo, according to a notice posted on the Lumen Database.

Lumen Database collects and analyses legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials.

Twitter began challenging Trump’s tweets in May, 2020 and has repeatedly clashed with him since then.

The president also threatened to change laws on social media after Twitter labelled one of its tweets about postal voting inaccurate and hid a tweet about looting, which Twitter said “glorified violence”.

However, Twitter and New York Times have yet to respond for further comment on the matter.

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