Twitter Pulls Down Trump’s Image Tweet

Widely used social media network Twitter Inc. (TWTR) pulled down an image tweet posted by U.S President Donald Trump after receiving a copyright complaint from mass media company New York Times Co. (NYT).

The tweet in question was posted by Trump on June 30 having his picture at the background and an attached meme reading ‘In reality they’re not after me they’re after you I’m just in the way’.

The background picture was taken by a New York Times photographer back in 2015 as a feature image in an article featuring President Trump who was a presidential candidate then.

When one tries to view the image twitter displays the message ‘This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.’

Citing a post from Lumen Database- a database which collects and sorts legal complaints for removal of online materials, Twitter received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint from the New York Times which owns full copyrights of the picture prompting the social network to take it down.

Relationship between Twitter and President Trump started going south last month when demonstrations against racial discrimination were on their early stages. Trump went ahead and posted a violence inciting tweet which twitter took down.

The President thereafter posted another video regarding spread of fake news which twitter labeled manipulated media. Trump later threatened to change laws on social media.


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