Twitter disabled a satirical video the president posted yesterday critiquing Joe Biden. Twitter, along with multiple technology companies, has faced criticism from conservatives alleging bias against their worldview. While it’s unlikely that the letter to Twitter sent by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) trying to get President Donald Trump kicked off the tech platform will be successful, taking down the president’s video is likely to anger Trump supporters against the tech giant.
“A video that President Donald Trump posted on Twitter was removed after a copyright notice from the band Nickelback,” the Deadline, an entertainment media outlet reported. “The video was an attack on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, but it also featured an altered version of a video from Nickelback for its single Photograph.
‘This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner,’ a message on Twitter reads in the president’s feed. The notice was filed by Warner Music Group. All that remains is Trump’s message — “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!’ … In the original Nickelback video, the group’s lead singer Chad Kroeger holds up a photo and sings, ‘Look at this photograph. Every time I do it makes me laugh.’ In the Trump team’s altered video, the photo is replaced by one of the Bidens with Devon Archer, who is identified as a ‘Ukraine gas exec.’”
Harris penned a formal letter to Jack Dorsey asking him to kick Trump off Twitter, writing “these are blatant threats. We need a civil society, not a civil war.”
“The words of a president matter,” Harris tweeted later. “Trump has again shown he is irresponsible and endangering others with his tweets. He should lose the privilege to be on Twitter.”
Twitter has said it would be unlikely to block a world leader from its platform.
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions,” the company said in a blog post last year.