Twitter disables Trump retweet over use of Linkin Park music

Twitter has taken down a video retweeted by Donald Trump that contained music from the US rock band Linkin Park, citing a copyright complaint.

The content was replaced with a notice saying: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

It is the latest incident in an increasingly fractious relationship between the social media platform and the US president, who has accused Twitter of “stifling free speech”.

— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) July 17, 2020

Mr Trump had retweeted a campaign-style video posted by the White House’s director of social media, Dan Scavino.

It was taken down after a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice was issued by Machine Shop Entertainment. A notice was posted on the Lumen Database, which collects requests for removal of online materials.

Machine Shop is a management company owned by Linkin Park, according to its LinkedIn page.

A Twitter spokesperson said the site responds to “valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives”.

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The band later tweeted that they did not endorse the US president.

Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.

— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter has been clashing with the US president since May when it began to challenge his tweets, some of which have been flagged with a fact-check warning.

He subsequently signed an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants.

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Posts have been disabled or commented on several times over alleged copyright complaints or violations of a policy against threatening violence.

On 30 June, an image of Mr Trump was removed following a complaint from The New York Times, one of whose photographers had taken the picture.

In late May, a tweet from the president was put behind a warning label.

Twitter said Mr Trump had violated its rules against “glorifying violence” when he advocated that Minneapolis authorities take tough action when responding to protests over the death of George Floyd.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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