Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Instagram disabled President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on their own platforms on Friday, citing copyright complaints.
The clip, which shows photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of your death of Floyd during police custody in Minnesota, has Trump speaking in the background.
It was not clear what copyright image prompted the complaint, but California lawyer Sam Koolaq told Politico his firm submitted copyright complaints to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Koolaq did not immediately respond to a request comment from Reuters.
Floyd’s death a couple weeks ago after a fatal encounter having a police officer has resulted in nationwide protests.
Late Friday, Trump criticized the removal by Twitter. “They are fighting hard for that Radical Left Democrats. A 1 sided battle. Illegal,” he wrote on Twitter.
Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey responded in a tweet, “Not true instead of illegal”
“This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from copyright holder,” Dorsey added.
The social networking site stated it responds “to valid copyright complaints delivered to us from a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.”
Facebook, which owns photo and video-sharing network Instagram, said it removed the post after receiving the creator’s copyright complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
“Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are required to have the right to do this,” Facebook said in the statement.
The three-minute, 45-second video was tweeted by Trump’s campaign on Wednesday. It had been also uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel along with his campaign’s Facebook page. The clip has garnered a lot more than 1.4 million thoughts about Facebook and YouTube combined.
YouTube’s parent, Alphabet Inc, said the recording the Trump campaign uploaded had not been identical to the one uploaded to Twitter. The content identified inside the copyright complaint was not present along with the site failed to get rid of the video, YouTube said.
Twitter is under fierce scrutiny in the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump’s tweets about unsubstantiated claims of mail-in voting fraud. It also labeled a Trump tweet about protests in Minneapolis as “glorifying violence.”
Trump has pledged introducing legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.
Before, Twitter is taking down at the very least a couple of Trump’s videos which had music through the soundtrack of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and Nickelback’s “Photograph.”