Trump meme removed after copyright complaint


A meme tweeted by President Donald Trump was removed from the platform for copyright infringement, CNBC reports.

The meme, featuring excerpts from the Feb. 5 State of the Union set to R.E.M.’s hit “Everybody Hurts,” drew the ire of bassist and founding member Mike Mills, who tweeted “Measures have been taken to stop it.” He also urged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to “get on this.”

According to CNBC, Trump retweeted the approximately two-minute-long video on Friday; by Saturday morning, it was gone.

“This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder,” the tweet said instead.

CNBC reported that an attorney from Universal Music Publishing Group contacted Twitter to have the video removed.

After the incident, many on the right are calling the move “censorship.”

Twitter user @CarpeDonktum, to whom the video was credited, responded to the incident on Twitter.

Conservative pundit Ali Alexander urged Trump, his campaign manager Brad Parscale, and Trump social media manager Dan Scavino to retweet the video, adding “Fight for the internet,” along with an angry emoji face.

Pundit Jack Posobiec tweeted the video again, saying, “Twitter just censored this video from President Trump’s account. Be a shame if we made it viral again.” He also tweeted, “Keep an eye on the President’s account The new video is on its way More tears incoming…”

Surely enough, on Saturday afternoon, the president tweeted the video again, still featuring the disgruntled faced of politicians like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)— but this time, with the backing of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”



Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.