Twitter users have been posting full length movies as Elon Musk’s copyright enforcement appears to be broken

While Twitter is still online even after Twitter reportedly temporarily closed all of its offices late last week, raising concerns that the website could go offline permanently, there are some aspects that appear to be broken or not functioning as before . Among them are Twitter’s copyright strike/takedown system. According to a report by Forbesthe system seems to be down after a user went viral for uploading and posting the full The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in two-minute clips over the course of a thread of 50 tweets.

The thread was apparently gone as of this morning, but there are still some unusual issues. First, Forbes notes that the media – in this case the video clips – was never actually deleted. When the takedown system worked, users could still see the tweet, but the media was replaced with a message that read “the media cannot be displayed. Forbes notes that the account in question appeared to have been suspended manually this time, but it also still appeared on mobile – complete with the videos available to play.

But it’s not just this one account with this one movie. Others have found threads with other movies, including the 1995 movie Hackers, all uploaded in 2 minute clips. As some have pointed out, this could be a huge problem for Twitter, amidst the other problems the site has faced in the wake of its takeover by Elon Musk. In this case, Twitter could face several DMCA claims and legal issues if copyright strikes are not dealt with promptly.

Here’s what Twitter’s official copyright policy says“Twitter will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations of unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile or header photo, allegations of unauthorized use of a copyrighted video or image uploaded through our media hosting services, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials,”

This is just the latest issue to crop up with Twitter in recent weeks following Musk’s purchase of the site for more than $40 billion. Before that, there were changes to the platform’s verification process and several layoffs. The latest came last week after Musk reportedly gave the remaining employees at Twitter the ultimatum to either put in long hours in what he called becoming “extremely hardcore” or to resign and take a three-month severance package. About 75 percent of employees reportedly opted for the severance package, which led to the temporary closure of Twitter’s offices to prevent potential sabotage.

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