Twitter confirmed that it removed a campaign video that President Trump retweeted on Saturday for a copyright complaint. The Linkin Park song "In the End" was shown in the background of the video, which included pictures of President Trump and excerpts from his inaugural speech.
"In accordance with our copyright policy, we are responding to valid copyright complaints that have been sent to us by the copyright owner or his agent," said a Twitter spokesman in an email to The Verge on Sunday.
The band tweeted on Saturday that they were trying to "refrain" and that they had not authorized the use of their song in the video: "Linkin Park did not support Trump and does not support Trump."
Linkin Park neither endorsed Trump nor authorized his organization to use our music. An injunctive relief was issued.
– LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
The copyright notice was published in the non-profit transparency initiative Lumen Database.
Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff of the White House for Communication, tweeted the video on Friday evening and President Trump's official Twitter tweeted it on Saturday. The retweet is no longer visible in the President's Twitter feed, but Scavino's original tweet will still be live from Sunday morning (minus the video).
Twitter / screenshot
It's not the first time that Twitter has filed a copyright complaint against one of Trump's tweets. Last month, a four-minute campaign video that contained images of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died on May 25 after a policeman knelt on his neck was deactivated. Facebook and Instagram removed posts from their platforms where the video was seen. The president called the removal "illegal" in a tweet, but Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied: "Not true and not illegal. This was withdrawn because we received a DMCA complaint from the copyright owner. "
Trump has tagged other Twitter tweets that are said to have violated his content policies. In May, the social media platform added a label to a tweet that Trump warned "when the looting begins, the shootings begin" because Twitter said the tweet violated his policy of glorifying violence. A June tweet by the president with a doctoral video was called "manipulated media."
The Trump campaign didn't immediately return a request for comment on Sunday.