Twitter disables Trump’s campaign video tribute to George Floyd

Washington – Twitter Inc has disabled US President Donald Trump’s campaign tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, citing a copyright complaint.

The video 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.

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

“We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives,” said a Twitter representative.

The three-minute 45-second video was uploaded on Trump’s YouTube channel and tweeted by his campaign on June 3.

The clips, which is still on YouTube, received over 60 000 views and 13 000 likes. Twitter has been under fierce scrutiny from the Trump administration since it fact-checked Trump’s tweets and labeling his 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.

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