Twitter disabling Donald Trump campaign video on George Floyd

THE WORLD: Twitter disables Trump’s campaign video on George Floyd

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:46 pm

Twitter gunned for U.S. President Donald Trump once again by disabling his campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform.

The social media platform cited a copyright complaint, as basis for its action, reports Daily Mail.

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.

Floyd’s death after a fatal encounter with a police officer on May 25 has led to nationwide, and even global protests.

In widely circulated video footage, a white officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air and repeatedly said, ‘I can’t breathe,’ before passing out.

The decision to remove the video is the latest from Twitter in an on-going feud between the social media platform and the President that begun with Twitter fact-checking his tweets.

Twitter said the video on the president’s campaign account was affected by its copyright policy.

It was not the the first time Twitter has removed a video from Trump on copyright grounds. In 2019 it took down a meme of his because it used a clip from Nickelback’s “Photograph.,” Business Insider reported.

A spokesman for the Trump campaign accused Twitter of “making up the rules as they go along.”

In a tweet posted late Thursday , the @TeamTrump account complained: “Twitter and @Jack are censoring this uplifting and unifying message from President Trump after the #GeorgeFloyd tragedy.”

It added that the media had “refused” to cover the speech.