Twitter censors Trump tweet after NYT files copyright complaint

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 2nd, 2020 3:06 pm
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Last Updated Jul 3rd, 2020 at 2:12 pm

On Wednesday, Twitter censored President Trump's account once again, removing a meme he posted after the New York Times filed a copyright complaint, claiming it owns the image featured in the president's tweet.

The now-deleted meme featured a black and white image of the president sitting in a chair and pointing his finger with the words "In reality, they're not after me, they're after you. I'm just in the way."

Fair use doctrine allows individuals and groups to use copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary and parody. Twitter, however, received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint, which permits copyright owners to request the removal of content even under fair use law.

A New York Times spokesperson confirmed to Axios that the publication had filed a copyright complaint.

🔦 In April, Twitter removed a Joe Biden meme from Trump's account, citing copyright infringement.


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