Twitter Takes Down Image Tweeted By President Trump Over Copyright Claim

The widely known American microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, has quite recently taken down an image shared by the US President Donald Trump from its platform after receiving a complaint of Copyright Infringement from The New York Times (an American newspaper based in the New York City with worldwide readership and influence).

The original tweet by President Trump shared on 30th June 2020, showed a meme with caption – In reality, they are not after me, they are after you, I am just in the way – along with Trump’s image in the background. The background picture was taken by a photographer at The New York Times, to accompany a feature article in September 2015 on then-presidential candidate Trump.

In place of the tweet, Twitter now displays the message that this image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright owner. This step by the well known social media platform, Twitter, is the latest instance of content posted by President Trump, which is, in turn, being removed or flagged, due to what Twitter believes is copyright infringement, violation of its policies, rules, and regulations, on threatening violence, amongst many others. Twitter removed the image shared after it received a complaint from The New York Times concerning the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). As per a notice posted on the Lumen Database, The New York Times owns the rights to the image in question. The database efficiently collects and evaluates the legal requests and complaints corresponding to the removal of online materials.

It was in May this year that Twitter began challenging Trump’s tweets and has clashed with him repeatedly since then. The president, on the other hand, has threatened the platform to change its laws after it labeled one of his tweets as inappropriate and hid a tweet about looting, which according to Twitter, fomented violence.

Due to copyright complaints, social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, also recently disabled a campaign tribute video to George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody. For more visit:

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