Twitter took down a Trump campaign ad on the weekend, after the alternative rock band Linkin Park filed a copyright complaint to the song, “In the end” being used in the ad. The cover song version of Linkin Park’s “In the End” performed by Tommee Profitt and featuring Fleurie and Jung Youth that was released this year.
On Friday night, July 17, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino shared the video on Twitter. President Trump then retweeted the video the following day. The video was soon replaced with a message that says, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.” The clip included excerpts from the president’s 2016 inauguration speech, along with images of the president.
Linkin Park filed the copyright complaint about the use of their 2002 song as the soundtrack to the video.
“Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music,” the official Twitter account for Linkin Park wrote on Saturday night. “A cease and desist has been issued.”
Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by copyright owner or their authorized representative,” a Twitter representative told The Verge on Sunday, July 19.
The lead singer of the group Chester Bennington, who died on July 20, 2017, was a staunch anti-Trumper who said months before his death in a tweet: “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.”
Other musicians have refused to allow their music to be used by the Trump campaign during events and rallies, including the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Panic! at the Disco, Pharrell Williams, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Adele, the Village People, and Tom Petty’s family reported The Blaze.
Last October, the president became a Twitter target, after a video posted by President Trump attacking Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s relationship with a Ukrainian gas executive was removed. That video was deleted because it used the music and video for Nickelback’s song “Photograph.”
On June 23, Twitter suppressed a Trump tweet that read, “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” Twitter placed a warning on the tweet that read: “We’ve placed a public policy interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”
Twitter was at it again on June 30, when it deleted a meme posted by the president because a complaint was made on a copyright issue by The New York Times. The photo used in the meme was snapped by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Damon Winter for a 2015 feature on the president.
The meme displayed a black and white image of the president with the text, “In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”
Instead, the photo was replaced with a message from Twitter, “Media not displayed. This image has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
The response from supporters was to distribute the meme far and wide on social media. A tweet from the president on May 29 was flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence,” thus violating the social media platform’s terms of service.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let this happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you,” read the president’s tweet.