The battle between President Trump and Twitter appears to be continuing, after the social media giants removed a video retweeted by the president and originally posted by the Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House. This isn’t the first time we’re seeing something like this. Trump signed an executive order in May that purportedly targeted social media platforms like Twitter—a move that came after some of his Tweets were labelled as “potentially misleading”.
The latest video to be deleted was a campaign video for Trump that used Linkin Park’s song “In The End” as a backing track; the video also contained parts of the president’s inauguration speech. Billboard reports that offending track in question isn’t the original Linkin Park version; rather, a cover of In The End by Tommee Profitt, Jung Youth, and Fleurie was used.
However, the (copyright-protected) track wasn’t used with permission from the copyright owner: Linkin Park.
As such, a cease and desist order has been issued by representatives of the band, along with copyright complaints to Twitter. A DMCA complaint has also been made by representatives of the band. In a Tweet on their official Twitter channel, the band also makes it clear that the use of In The End does not amount to support for Trump.
At the moment, the original Tweet by Dan Scavino is still online, although the video has been taken down:
It’s also worth noting that the late Chester Bennington, Linkin Park’s former lead singer who passed away in 2017, has also made public comments against President Trump in the past. In 2017, Bennington tweeted:
Additionally, Jung Youth, who provides vocals for the cover in question, labelled the video “propaganda” in a Tweet:
The Trump administration has yet to issue an official response at the time of writing, although it’s safe to assume that the latest development in the Trump vs Twitter saga won’t please the president too much.