Twitter has turned off a CNN video tweeted by President Donald Trump for copyright infringement. At first it had only characterized it as "manipulated media".
The move came after Jukin Media, a content company holding the distribution license for the footage illegally used by the Trump administration, submitted a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice on behalf of the video creator to remove the copyright . Twitter confirmed with Digital Trends that the president's tweet "was processed based on a DMCA notice from a rights holder".
While Trump's tweet, which was viewed by over 20 million people at the time of writing and was liked by more than 450,000 users, remains active on the social network, the attached video has been disabled with an overlaid error that reads, "This media was created due to of a report by the copyright owner is deactivated. "
The clip shared by the president was manipulated to accuse CNN of spreading racist, provocative misinformation, and was overlaid with a false CNN chyron that reads, "Scared toddler runs away from a racist baby." The video ended with the news: “America is not the problem. There are fake news. Only you can prevent fake garbage container fires. "
Jukin Media said in a statement to Digital Trends that neither the video owner nor the company had given the president permission to publish the video.
"After our review, we believe that its unauthorized use of the content is a clear example of copyright infringement without a valid fair use or other defense. We submitted a DMCA deactivation notification on behalf of the video creator and in accordance with Twitter’s guidelines. Regardless, we do not endorse or tolerate the manipulated video or the message it conveys in any way, ”added the spokesman.
The complaint was reviewed by Harvard University's Lumen Database, a third-party research group that Twitter relies on to respond to cease and desist orders.
Trump Campaign Communication Director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement sent to Digital Trends: “The outrageous war against President Trump that the Silicon Valley Mafia is waging continues. The whole purpose of the video was to demonstrate how videos can be easily manipulated by the media and others. Labeling the video as “manipulated” thus confirms the entire premise in a strange way. The joke is on Twitter. "
This is the second time Twitter has been viewing a video tweeted by President Trump about copyright infringement. Earlier this month, the company removed videos released by two of the Trump administration's reelection campaign profiles, Team Trump and Trump War Room, for copyright infringement. Trump campaign spokesman Andrew Clark said at the time that this was "another reminder that Twitter is establishing the rules over time."