President Trump is very likely the most prolific and prominent Twitter user of all time, there is almost no doubt about that. But the platform that he has elevated hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with the Commander in Chief.
This week the two were at it again, after Twitter removed a video tribute to George Floyd that was shared by the President, all over a copyright complaint.
The Team Trump account tweeted out a nearly four-minute long video that is narrated by a speech the president gave a few days after Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody.
In the video, the president can be heard lamenting the “grave tragedy” of Floyd’s death over images of Floyd and peaceful protesters mourning his death.
Twitter then claimed that the tweet was the subject of a copyright complaint regarding an image used in the video, which led the Trump team to lash out.
“This incident is yet another reminder that Twitter is making up the rules as they go along,” said Andrew Clark, a spokesman for the Trump campaign. “From the dubious removal of the hilarious Nickelback video to capricious fact checks and manipulated media labels to questionable claims of copyright, Twitter has repeatedly failed to explain why their rules seem to only apply to the Trump campaign but not to others. Censoring out the president’s important message of unity around the George Floyd protests is an unfortunate escalation of this double standard.”
This incident comes just a week after Twitter placed a “fact check” warning on one of Trump’s other tweets regarding the efficacy of mail-in voting.
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