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Twitter disables Trump's campaign video tribute to George Floyd

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

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

Published Jun 5, 2020

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Washington - Twitter Inc has disabled US President Donald Trump's campaign tribute video to George Floyd

on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.

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The clip, which is a collation of photos and videos of

protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of

Floyd's death, has Trump speaking in the background.

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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

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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

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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. 

Reuters

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