Facebook, Twitter Remove Video Posted by Trump

  • A copyright claim has led to the removal of a clip posted by US President Donald Trump.
  • Trump has made few attempts to reach out to members of the black community.
  • His handling of BLM demonstrations is likely to impact his elective clout.

Both Facebook and Twitter have removed a clip posted by US President Donald Trump on his social media accounts. The clip posted features two kids of different races running on a sidewalk and embracing. The video had one segment doctored to seem like the black kid was running away from his white friend.

Black Lives Matter is a political and social movement originating among African Americans, whose stated goals are basic human rights and racial equality for black people and campaigning against various forms of racism.

It had the caption “Terrified Toddler Runs From Racist Baby.” The video had fake CNN tags to imply that the news network is a purveyor of fake news. Both Facebook and Twitter have issued statements regarding the removal, and said that the move was prompted by a copyright violation claim made by the kids’ parents, as well as Jukin Media, the company that owns the rights to the video.

The licensing firm issued the following statement in light of the post. “Yesterday, a doctored version of a video that belongs to one of Jukin Media’s video partners was posted to Twitter by President Trump,” the company said in a statement to Variety.

“Neither the video owner nor Jukin Media gave the president permission to post the video, and after our review, we believe that his unauthorised usage of the content is a clear example of copyright infringement without valid fair use or other defence.”

The president has made a few feeble attempts at showing solidarity with the black community and joining the fight against racism.  They have been extensively overshadowed by his constant barrage of tweets threatening Black Lives Matter protesters, and supporting the use of force against them.

The video of the two kids of different races showing no racial bias is thus viewed as an unsuccessful attempt to address the race issue without actually addressing it.

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States, with varying official recognition.

Trump Warns BLM Protesters

President Trump had warned Black Lives Matter protesters against interfering with his scheduled rally in Oklahoma, which was held on Saturday. Posting the message via Twitter, Trump warned:

“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!”

The president posted the message on a day commemorating the end of black enslavement, Juneteenth. It was on this day in 1865 that black people in the nation learned they would no longer be slaves. The President has, however, not made any attempt to reach out to the black community. He has instead asked Black Lives Matter protesters to stay away from his events.

Trump is hoping to restart his campaign after it was halted by the coronavirus crisis. He is looking at a very shaky approval rating following his lackluster handling of BLM demonstrations, which have at some point reportedly forced him to move into his White House bunker. He is additionally facing tremendous criticism for his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

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Samuel Gush

Samuel Gush is a Technology, Entertainment, and Political News writer at Communal News.

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