President Trump just keeps landing in hot water with the social media sites. This time, Facebook was forced to remove a video posted on Trump’s official account after the owners of the content complained to the social media site.
Source: The Verge
The video shows a black toddler running away from a white nanny of the same age and a statement was attached with it saying, “terrified toddler runs from a racist baby”. However, last year the video that went viral showed two toddlers of different races running towards each other on the sidewalk to hug. So Trump manipulated the content with the help of meme creator Carpe Noctum and uploaded it on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. It was posted on the eve of Juneteenth, a day that marked the end of slavery in the United States so it was bound to get controversial. But from the looks of it, this was exactly the intention of the President.
According to CNN, Facebook removed the video after “one of the children’s parents lodged a copyright claim”. By the time it was taken down, it had more than 4 million views even though Jukin Media, a third party company that often acquires the right form people to viral videos say that “neither the video owner nor Jukin Media gave the President permission to post the video, and after our review, we believe that his unauthorized usage of the content is a clear example of copyright infringement without valid fair use or other defense.”
“We received a copyright complaint from the rights holder of this video under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and have removed the post,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, told The Verge.
Jukin Media has also complained to Twitter and the site labeled the video as “manipulated media”.
“We have submitted a DMCA takedown notice on behalf of the video’s creator, and in accordance with Twitter’s policy,” Jukin’s statement reads. “Separately, in no way do we support or condone the manipulate video or the message it conveys. We hope and expect Twitter will take swift action to remove the video.”
However, on Friday Twitter also took down the video due to a DMCA notice sent by the rightful owners.
“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge.