A conservative social media user whose far-right memes have been praised and reposted by President Donald Trump has been kicked out of Twitter for repeated copyright violations.
Logan Cook, a Kansas man who posts under the name Carpe Donktum, was permanently banned from the platform on Tuesday evening, days after posting a video criticizing CNN using forged images from the news channel.
The clip, which Trump retweeted last week, used footage from a CNN story from last year about the friendship of two toddlers, one black and one white. Cook edited the clip, set it to ominous music, and added a fake misspelled CNN caption that reads’ Terrified todler walks away from racist baby ‘, then a clip from the original video before saying’ America isn’t the problem ‘. Fake news is the problem. ‘
Twitter later posted a ‘manipulated media’ warning label on the clip. It was originally posted last year, but gained significant attention after Trump’s retweet.
Cook, who also posts his work on other platforms and websites, said in an interview that his posts are satirical and are therefore exempt from copyright rules. He said he believes Twitter was just looking for a reason to start it up.
“They didn’t like my politics, they found an excuse to lose me,” he said.
Cook’s account has been temporarily suspended several times in the past due to violation of Twitter’s copyright rules. He was also suspended for eight days last year for posting a video depicting Trump as a cowboy attacking CNN journalist Jim Acosta.
Twitter rules prohibit Cook from creating a new account to replace the old one, which had more than 270,000 followers at the time of the suspension.
Trump has often retweeted Cook, who had emerged as a prominent creator of right-wing memes using humor, often obscure, to condemn journalists and people who have criticized the president. Trump called Cook a “genius” at a meeting at the White House last year.
Trump has violated himself with Twitter’s rules. In March, the platform posted the “ manipulated media ” warning to a Joe Biden video shared by Trump.
Trump lashed out at the company last month after adding fact-check warnings to two of his tweets about voting by mail. After that back and forth, the President promised to add new rules to curb social media companies – an idea that was dismissed as legally difficult by experts in constitutional law.
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