A video from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign paying tribute to a man killed by Minneapolis police was banned from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The social media platforms say they banned the tribute to George Floyd because the videos used copyrighted photos and videos without permission. A California law firm representing one of the producers of the copyrighted images contacted Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube demanding the video be removed.
“Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram removed posts by official Trump campaign accounts that included videos narrated by Trump discussing Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. The narration is played over a series of photographs and videos that appear to have been taken during recent protests around the country over Floyd’s killing,” POLITICO reported.
“We received a copyright complaint from the creator under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and have removed the post,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told POLITICO in an email. “Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are expected to have the right to do so.”
Twitter also took action, blocking tweets of the video. Only YouTube has left the video up, claiming the video uploaded to their platform did not use the copyrighted images.
The Trump campaign accused the companies of “censorship.”
“Twitter and @Jack are censoring this uplifting and unifying message from President Trump after the #GeorgeFloyd tragedy,” @TeamTrump tweeted.