- Twitter removed a video shared by President Donald Trump that edited a clip of Nickelback’s music video for “Photograph” to attack former Vice President Joe Biden.
- Trump’s video included a photo of Biden, Biden’s son, the board member of a Ukrainian gas company, and another unnamed man. Twitter removed it after a copyright claim.
- According to an online database that tracks copyright claims, the complaint was lodged by Warner Media Group.
- The video was part of Trump’s increasingly angry response to the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats after he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden.
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Twitter took down a meme tweeted on Wednesday by President Donald Trump that edited the music video for Nickelback’s hit 2005 song “Photograph” to attack former Vice President Joe Biden.
Twitter removed the clip after receiving a claim that it was a breach of copyright.
In the edited clip, when the singer Chad Kroeger held up a photo frame, the image showed Biden, his son Hunter, and the board member of a Ukrainian gas company – apparently to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s assertion that he never spoke to his son about his business overseas.
Trump accompanied the video with a line from the song: “LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH.”
According to Lumen, an online database that tracks and studies copyright complaints and requests to remove online materials, the complaint was lodged by Warner Media Group. Warner Media Group did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for more information.
A Twitter representative told Business Insider: “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.”
Trump’s tweet no longer shows the video. Instead there is an alert: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
Here’s what the scene looks like in the original Nickelback video:
And here’s the edited version Trump shared:
Trump has been pushing back against the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats. He has also publicly threatened the whistleblower whose complaint against him led to the inquiry, which he has called a “hoax” and “BULLSHIT.”
The inquiry is focusing on Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, a rival of his in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump has accused Joe Biden of trying to push out Ukraine’s top prosecutor in 2016 amid an investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian company whose board Hunter Biden was on.
But Trump’s theories about Joe Biden’s actions have been debunked. Ukrainian authorities have said they found no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.
The video Trump shared began with a clip of Joe Biden saying he never discussed business dealings in Ukraine with his son, then it cut to the clip of the Nickelback video with the edited photograph.
Alongside the Bidens were an unnamed man and Devon Archer, a previous business partner of Hunter Biden’s who was on the board of Burisma when Hunter was invited to join.
This isn’t the first connection between Trump and Nickelback. In 2016, when Trump was a presidential candidate, a man’s sign that said “Trump likes Nickelback” was removed from his rally by an aide.