Facebook has deleted a “rigged” video posted on US President Donald Trump’s account after receiving copyright complaints from copyright owners,media The Verge reported. The manipulated video shows a black toddler running away from a white toddler, with CNN’s subtitle “Terrified toddler running away from a racist baby.” The original video, which went viral last year, shows two young children running toward each other on the sidewalk so they can hug each other.
The video was created by Carpe Donktum, a prolific pro-Trump meme creator who has been uploaded to Facebook and Twitter in the past.
Facebook deleted the video after “the parents of one of the children filed a copyright claim,” CNN reported. A representative for Facebook confirmed to The Verge that the rights holder had received the complaint. When Facebook deleted the video, it had more than 4 million views, CNN reported. “Neither the video owner nor Jukin Media allowed the president to post the video, and after our review, we believe that his unauthorized use of the content is an apparent example of copyright infringement, without effective and reasonable use or other defense,” Jukin Media, a third-party company that regularly buys “viral” video rights from people, told CNN. “
“We have received a copyright complaint from the rights holder of this video under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and have deleted the post,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told The Verge.
According to a statement released on the company’s account, the company also filed a copyright complaint with Twitter. Although Twitter labeled the video “manipulated media,” it remained active on the president’s account until Friday night. This appears to be the first time a video edited by Donktum has been labeled “manipulating the media”, which usually appears on deepfakes. At the time of writing, the video has been viewed nearly 20 million times. It’s unclear whether Donktum or the president’s team will argue that the meme is so transformative that it is allowed to exist under reasonable use.
“We have filed a DMCA deletion notice on behalf of the creator of the video and in accordance with Twitter’s policy,” Jukin’s statement read. “Furthermore, in no event, we do not support or condone the manipulative video or its message. We hope and expect Twitter to act quickly to remove the video. “
Twitter deleted the video on Friday night. The video was deleted because of a DMCA notification from the copyright party. “In accordance with our copyright policy, we will respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by the copyright owner or its authorized representative,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge.