Twitter REMOVES Trump Tweet After 100K Retweets and 350K Likes; Claims NYT Copyright Complaint

Twitter REMOVES Trump Tweet After 100K Retweets and 350K Likes; Claims NYT Copyright Complaint


The Twitter vs. President Trump fued continues.

In a stunning move, the social media giant removed one of President Trump's tweets after it had received over 100,000 retweets and over 350,000 likes.

It was one of President Trump's most viral posts of the week.

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Yet Twitter took down the post claiming that it was breaking copyright laws.

The New York Times filed an official complaint, as they own the original photo.

This is the second time in two weeks that Twitter has removed content from President Trump's official Twitter account.

You can see President Trump's tweet below.

Twitter kept the actual post, but replaced the image with "Media not displayed."

So what was the image that was removed?

Many social media users have been circulating the image below:

Conservatives have long feared that social media giants would try to silence conservative voices.

While a copyright complaint is certainly valid, many are wondering whether social media giants are holding liberal politicians to the same standard.

On the same note, do media giants like the New York Times go after politicians on both sides who share their photos.

Axios confirms the removed data:

Twitter has removed a picture from a tweet by President Trump on Tuesday after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint from the New York Times, which owns the rights to the photo.

Why it matters: This is the second time in two weeks that Twitter has had to take down content from Trump's account due to a copyright violation.

Twitter and Facebook both removed a manipulated video tweeted by the president's account two weeks ago after the parents of the toddler subjects featured in the video lodged a copyright claim.

Details: A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the tweet in question had been actioned due to a DMCA complaint from a rights holder. A Times spokesperson confirmed that it filed the take-down notice and that Twitter took action.

The copyright complaint was posted to the Lumen Database, a database that gathers legal complaints and requests for removal of online material.

Twitter notes in its copyright policy that it responds to valid copyright complaints sent to it by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.

Twitter regularly shares the total number of DMCA takedown notices and counter-notices it receives for Twitter and Twitter-owned Periscope content.

Between the lines: The photo shows a picture taken by Damon Winter, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer for The New York Times. The photo was taken by The Times to accompany a feature it wrote on then candidate Donald Trump in 2015.

Part of the reason that conservatives are so alarmed is because social media networks have been accused of "purging" conservative voices from their platforms.

Most recently, Twitch SUSPENDED the Trump re-election campaign from its platform.

Twitch says that Trump's re-election campaign is only "temporarily" suspended, though it is unclear when the account will be reinstated.

The social media giant accused the Trump campaign of "hate speech."

CNN confirms the story:

Twitch, the video streaming service popular with online gamers, has suspended an account belonging to the Trump campaign, becoming the latest tech platform to take action against President Donald Trump.

In a statement provided to CNN, Twitch, which is owned by Amazon (AMZN), said that "hateful conduct is not allowed."

"In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed," said Brielle Villablanca, a Twitch spokesperson.

The content that Twitch said violated its policies on hate included a video of Trump's 2016 campaign rally in which he called Mexicans rapists and criminals. Video of that rally was recently rebroadcast on Twitch, the company said.

Another video that Twitch said violated its policies was video of Trump's recent Tulsa rally, in which Trump spoke hypothetically of "a very tough hombre" breaking into the house of a "young woman."

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Many observers don't consider Trump's comments on the issues of illegal immigration to be "hateful," but truthful.

Many people might not like Trump's style, but his substance and policies always but Americans first.

The Constitution protects freedom of speech, and yes, that includes President Trump.

Political labeling of statements does not make something hate speech.


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