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(Reuters) – Twitter Inc permanently suspended the account of a right-wing online personality for violating its copyright policy, a week after it posted a manipulated video of young children tweeted by President Donald Trump.
The move was the second action Twitter took regarding Trump’s tweets in 24 hours. On Tuesday, he concealed a tweet from Trump threatening “serious force” against protesters in Washington DC, who Twitter said violated his policy of threatening violence.
Twitter has repeatedly clashed with Trump since he began challenging his tweets in May. The president threatened to change the laws on social media after Twitter tagged one of his tweets about postal voting as incorrect and concealed a tweet about looting, which Twitter said fueled the violence.
Last week, Twitter put the designation “manipulated media” in a Trump tweet showing a forged news clip from CNN. The original clip was a lighthearted viral video story that featured black and white toddlers who were best friends; the tampered version added a misspelled banner showing “The terrified child runs away from a racist baby.”
The manipulated video was first posted by Carpe Donktum, an account known for supporting Trump. Twitter said early Wednesday that it had suspended the account indefinitely for “repeated violations” of its policy of publishing copyrighted material.
“I received a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) removal order this morning for that video, and a few hours later a suspension letter,” Donktum posted here on Locals, another digital content platform. Twitter did not provide him with a way to retrieve the suspended account, “so I assume they intend to make it permanent and permanent,” he said.
Donktum’s account was revoked last July for eight days, in a video depicting Trump as a cowboy attacking CNN journalist Jim Acosta.
Report by Maria Ponnezhath in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Graff