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Trump Censored by Twitter Again, This Time Thanks to the New York Times

Did freedom of the press just infringe on free speech?

President Trump and the New York Times have not exactly shared a mutually respectful relationship over the course of his presidency, and, with only four months to go until Americans head to the polls, that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon.

Similarly, the Commander in Chief has had renewed trouble with Twitter, as the social media platform has repeatedly refuted, rebuked, or simply removed content from the account belonging to the leader of the free world.  This censorship has drawn the ire of freedom advocates the world over, who believe that there are major First Amendment ramifications to be examined in the case.

This week’s events will surely stoke an argument about where the freedom of speech ends and the freedom of the press begins.

Twitter censored President Donald Trump’s account yet again yesterday, taking down a meme posted by the president that featured a rallying cry to his supporters, after the New York Times, which reportedly owns the rights to the original image, filed a copyright complaint.

Fair use doctrine permits the use of copyrighted materials for the purposes of, among other things, commentary and parody. However, the widely criticized Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allows copyright holders to request that content be taken down even if it falls under fair use, if certain conditions are met.

The now-deleted Trump meme featured an image of the president with the words “In reality they’re not after me, they’re after you. I’m just in the way.”

A New York Times spokesperson confirmed to Axios that it had filed the copyright claim that led to the picture being removed.

This is just one of several recent incidents in which Twitter has taken the fight to Trump previously removing a tweet that the platform claimed “glorified violence” and another that was allegedly considered “abusive behavior”.

 

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