Haywire ensues on the blue bird platform.
Twitter copyright: Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has proven to be chaotic, with reports of its office shutting down over the weekend. With the headquarters put into a temporary stasis, the platform is expected to run into some bumps along the way.
Twitter’s copyright strike or takedown system is one of them. According to Forbes, the system’s malfunction was discovered after a user shared the entire The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift movie in two-minute segments across a 50-tweet thread.
The thread appears to have been deleted as of this morning, although there are still some issues. First, Forbes pointed out that the clips were never removed.
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Users can still view the tweet while the takedown procedure was taking place, but the clip was replaced with a notice that said “the media cannot be shown”.
According to Forbes, the account in question haas been manually suspended, but it is still visible on mobile, and the clips are still playable.
Other users have discovered threads with other movies posted in two-minute snippets. As several people have pointed out, this may be a major issue for Twitter, on top of the other concerns that have arisen since Elon Musk’s takeover. If copyright strikes aren’t handled immediately, Twitter may face a slew of DMCA lawsuits and legal concerns.
Watching the full movie HACKERS in a 49-part thread is the real “Twitter 2.0” https://t.co/ys7kioRl8Q
— Rob Sheridan (Parody) (@rob_sheridan) November 20, 2022
Twitter’s copyright policy states that they “will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header photo, allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials”.
Based on the fact that many of the other accounts posting copyrighted content are still live, the outage of the copyright strike system appears to be a consequence of the hundreds of employees who resigned from Twitter earlier this week, according to a report from The Verge.