Trump Campaign Ad Set to Linkin Park Removed from Twitter

Twitter removed a campaign ad featuring music by rock band Linkin Park that President Donald Trump retweeted on Saturday after a copyright complaint.

The video disappeared from the Trump's Twitter feed late on Saturday, leaving in its place a message that said: "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."

Trump had retweeted the video, which featured a cover of Linkin Park track In The End, from White House social media director Dan Scavino's account.

But Twitter removed the video after it received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice from Machine Shop Entertainment, according to the Lumen Database, which collects and legal complaints and requests for the removal of online materials.

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"We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives," a Twitter representative said in a statement to Reuters.

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Machine Shop Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based management company and branding agency owned by Linkin Park, according to its LinkedIn page. The company and the White House have been contacted for comment.

Jung Youth, an artist who was featured in the cover of the song used in the video, slammed the Trump campaign's use of it on Twitter.

"Earlier today I found out that trump illegally used a cover song that I am part of in a propaganda video which he tweeted...anyone who knows me knows I stand firmly against bigotry and racism," the artists wrote. "Much love to everyone in the twitter community who helped get the video taken down fr!!"

The video's removal led to Linkin Park trending on Twitter early Sunday, with many noting that the band's late singer Chester Bennington was a vocally critic of Trump.

"I repeat..... Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in," Bennington tweeted in January 2017.

It's not the first time Twitter has removed a video shared by Trump on Twitter due to copyright claims.

Last year, a video that featured Nickelback's lead singer was removed after a copyright complaint by the band.

Twitter also started challenging Trump's tweets earlier this year.

The company put a tweet from the president behind a warning label in late May, saying he had violated the platform's rules against "glorifying violence" when he called for authorities to be tough on protesters during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

That came days after Twitter started fact-checking some of the president's tweets, by putting a label on two tweets about mail-in voting urging people to "get the facts." The move prompted Trump to declare the company was "completely stifling FREE SPEECH."

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event about regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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