He was permanently banned from the platform in June 2020 for copyright infringement over a meme.
Donktum wrote, “After 2 years of being suspended, I am having a hard time finding the words to express the thoughts and emotions I am feeling. This must be what John Fetterman feels like all the time.”
He also thanked Jack Posobiec, Benny Johnson, Alex Lorusso (ALX), Tim Pool, Harmeet Dhillon, Ian Miles Cheong, “and many others for repeatedly petitioning Elon Musk for my reinstatement.”
In a retweet of journalist Benny Johnson announcing the youtuber's reinstatement, Dontum stated, “It was awesome to see that people still remember that I exist.”
In another thread, he added, “Just in case you were wondering what was going on with me over the last 2 and a half years. I got sued, and after mucho $$$$ the case was dismissed and there were zero repercussions for the people who filed the lawsuit. Lots of other stuff happened too.”
“In the coming days, I might do a thread on what I have been up to,” he added. “Maybe not tho, I don't want to bore you to death.”
The social media personality had been banned in 2020 for a meme he sampled to create another meme that was tweeted out by the Trump campaign.
It used a familiar internet video that showed two toddlers, one black and one white, running on the sidewalk toward each other and embracing.
In the new meme, Donktum spliced the video into sections, and the beginning showed the black toddler running from the white toddler with a "CNN" chyron that read, "racist baby probably a Trump supporter. The purpose of the video was to demonstrate how easy it is for news media to take video and manipulate it to support their narrative of reality.
Even though the original video is public domain, the creator sued Donktum because the meme was popular with supporters of then-President Trump. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.
In response to the ban, Donktum said at the time on Parler, "Yes, I have been permanently banned from Twitter for 'copywright infringement.' I have always abided by any DCMA takedown I have received. I have NEVER violated a takedown. The most recent takedown was this morning and it was fraudulent. The Toddler video was and is public domain and protected by the law under satire and parody. Thanks for your support."
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