Plagiarism, Twitter, and the DMCA


It’s been a pretty crazy weekend for the Plagiarism is Bad account. One of the collaborators (not me) noticed a strange thing when he did one of our usual searches to find people stealing a tweet. Some of the tweets were replaced with a notice that said they were being “withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” He tweeted about that (with a screen shot) and his tweet went viral, first via retweets and quotes, and subsequently on all the new media news sites.

So what’s going on? I’ve covered a lot of this before so I won’t get into the details here, but basically, Twitter couldn’t care less about tweet theft. They give blue “verified” checkmarks to accounts like “Men’s Humor” that contain nothing but stolen content and links to clickbait sites. They ignore the fact that one guy has created hundreds of accounts and populated them…

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