“TRUMP WAS IN NO WAY AUTHORIZED TO USE THIS SONG TO FURTHER A CAMPAIGN THAT LEAVES TOO MANY AMERICANS AND COMMON SENSE BEHIND,” THE LETTER SAID. “BOTH THE LATE TOM PETTY AND HIS FAMILY FIRMLY STAND AGAINST RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION OF ANY KIND. TOM PETTY WOULD NEVER WANT A SONG OF HIS USED FOR A CAMPAIGN OF HATE. HE LIKED TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.”
“TOM WROTE THIS SONG FOR THE UNDERDOG, FOR THE COMMON MAN AND FOR EVERYONE,” THE LETTER CONTINUED. “WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE BELIEVE EVERYONE IS FREE TO VOTE AS THEY LIKE, THINK AS THEY LIKE, BUT THE PETTY FAMILY DOESN’T STAND FOR THIS. WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA AND WE BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY. BUT DONALD TRUMP IS NOT REPRESENTING THE NOBLE IDEALS OF EITHER. WE WOULD HATE FOR FANS THAT ARE MARGINALIZED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO THINK WE WERE COMPLICIT IN THIS USAGE. CONCURRENTLY, WE HAVE ISSUED AN OFFICIAL CEASE AND DESIST NOTICE TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN.”
Information reaching USA LOADED from Mediaite has it that Eric Trump and Lara Trump, the son and daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, have accused Apple of “shadow banning” Lara Trump’s cover of Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down.”
“Shadow banning” refers to the deliberate suppression of online content by a social media company to reduce its visibility and engagement. Lara Trump tweeted her frustration, asking Apple why her song doesn’t appear when searching for it. Eric Trump joined in, tweeting that Apple is “viscously [sic] shadow banning” Lara’s song.
Typically, users can easily find the latest release of a song on iTunes by typing its name into the search bar. However, in this case, Lara Trump’s cover is a version of Tom Petty’s popular song, “I Won’t Back Down,” which can make it more challenging to locate.
Tom Petty’s original version of the song was a hit in 1989 and remains well-known. Various artists, including Johnny Cash, have also covered the song over the years. Petty’s estate sent a cease and desist letter to Donald Trump’s campaign in 2020 after the campaign used the song at a rally, emphasizing that Petty’s music was intended to unite people and stand against racism and discrimination.
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