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Users are uploading entire movies to Twitter – and many aren't being blocked

Illustration of Twitter logo that has cracks in it
Twitter users uploaded entire movies to the site on Saturday.Getty Images
  • Twitter users are uploading entire movies to the platform and most are yet to be taken down.

  • Movies including "Hackers" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" have been posted on the site.

  • Sharing full movies is a violation of Twitter's copyright policy, but it's still being allowed.

Twitter users are tweeting threads of videos that make up full movies such as "Hackers" and "Need for Speed" in an indication that its copyright violation policy is not being properly enforced.

"Twitter just algorithmically pushed me to a pirated full movie thread when I swiped down, and that is extremely funny," one user tweeted.

The site usually marks tweets that contain copyright infringement as "withheld" and it removes or restricts access to the material if it's been reported, according to its copyright policy.

"Twitter 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," it says on its website.

However, Insider found posts on Sunday allowing users to view a full-length film that have not been blocked.

One user uploaded "Hackers" in a series of 49 tweets on Saturday, which garnered over 14,000 likes and was still online on Sunday.   

Another Twitter user posted "Need for Speed" in 66 tweets through an account with the username "Need for speed movie", which was also still viewable on Sunday.

The Japanese superhero film "Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever" was also tweeted by another user on Sunday.

"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" was put up on Twitter on Saturday, but appears to have been taken down. The tweet has since been blocked and now has a label that reads "this Tweet is from a suspended account."

A former Twitter executive, who has knowledge of its systems, told Insider's Kali Hays that the platform was at risk of breaking down through technical glitches now there are significantly fewer employees to maintain the site.

Earlier this month, Elon Musk laid off close to 3,500 Twitter employees after he took control of the company. He then gave remaining staff an ultimatum to sign up to an "extremely hardcore" work environment or quit, and an estimated 2,000 people chose to opt out.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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