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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram removed a video from Donald Trump

The United States President Donald Trump posted on all of his social media a four-minute video that included images of George Floyd and protesters.

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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram removed a video from Donald Trump
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Mark Zuckerberg was recently criticized for his decision not to delete messages from the U.S. President Donald Trump. Things have changed since then after Facebook, Twitter and Instagram removed a video from the president for infringing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

On Friday Trump had posted on all of his social media a four-minute video that included images from protests all over the nation and from George Floyd with him speaking in the background. Twitter disabled the video, while Facebook and Instagram removed posts containing the video.

When President Trump objected to the removal in a tweet, calling it “illegal,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded: “Not true and not illegal. This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from the copyright holder.”

A spokesperson for Facebook said the same thing that Trump had infringed the DMCA, “Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are expected to have the right to do so.” However, YouTube did not remove a version of the video because according to them it didn’t contain the content that violated the copyright.

Not the first time Trump has had conflicts with social media

President Donald Trump has had multiple disputes with social media giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Last week Twitter hid and attached a disclaimer to a tweet posted by the president, accusing him of "glorifying violence," and said his post had violated their policies. In reference to the unrest sparked by the 25 May killing of George Floyd, Trump tweeted: "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

At the time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to be in favor of Trump's right to post whatever he liked, but after a number of staff members walked off the job and numerous others objected, Zuckerberg has vowed to review that policy.