Twitter has confirmed that it has removed a video of the campaign that President Trump retweeted on Saturday for a copyright complaint. Linkin Park’s song “In the End” was featured in the background of the video, which included images of President Trump and excerpts from his inauguration speech.
“For ours copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent by the copyright owner or their authorized representative, “said a Twitter spokesperson in an email to The Verge on Sunday.
The band tweeted on Saturday that he was pursuing a “cease and desist” and that he had not authorized the use of his song in the video: “Linkin Park did not support and do not support Trump.”
Linkin Park has not endorsed and does not endorse Trump, nor does he authorize his organization to use our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
– LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
White House deputy chief of communications staff Dan Scavino tweeted the video on Friday night and President Trump’s official Twitter retweeted it on Saturday. The retweet is no longer visible on the president’s Twitter feed, but Original Tweet by Scavino it’s still live from Sunday morning (minus the video).
It is not the first time Twitter has taken action against one of Trump’s tweets for a copyright complaint. Last month disabled a four-minute campaign video which included images of George Floyd, the man from Minneapolis who died on May 25 after a police officer kneeling on his neck. Facebook and Instagram have removed the posts from their platforms that featured the video. The president called the removal “illegal” in a tweet, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied: “Not true and not illegal. This was pulled because we received a DMCA complaint from the copyright holder. “
Trump had other tweets tagged by Twitter which he claimed to have violated his content policies. In May, the social media platform added a tag to a tweet where Trump warned “when looting begins, filming begins,” because Twitter said the tweet violated his policy against glorifying violence. It was a June tweet from the president with a documented video labeled “manipulated media”.
Trump’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment on Sunday.