World leaders have called for a Twitter ban on President Trump’s account, with many calling it outright censorship and a decision to be left to citizens, not a private technology company.
French junior minister for European Union affairs Clement Bonn said he was “shocked” that the social media platform was pulling Trump’s account.
“This should be decided by citizens, not by the CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “But yes, I am shocked that it is now entirely in private hands. It cannot be only in private hands. “
Bonn said there should be a “public regulatory framework” in which social media platforms claim that certain content violates the law and should be removed or fined, but this should be decided by citizens and the legislature.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Meir said the responsibility for regulating the content should lie with the state.
“The regulation of digital giants cannot be done by the digital oligarchy itself,”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said it was a “bad sign” that social media had the power to censor Trump.
“I don’t like being censored or deprived of the right to post on Twitter or Facebook. I do not agree with that, I do not accept that, “Lopez Obrador told a news conference last Friday.
“A censorship court like the Inquisition to manage public opinion: this is really serious,” he said.
A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she saw Trump’s ban on Twitter as “problematic”.
“This fundamental right can be interfered with, but according to the law and within the limits set by the legislators – not according to a decision of the management of the social media platforms,” spokesman Stephen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Monday.
“From this angle, the chancellor finds it problematic that the US president’s accounts are already permanently blocked,” he said, adding that the president should be able to express his views.
Incumbent Australian Prime Minister Michael McCormack has said that blocking Trump is censorship.
He wondered why Twitter had failed to remove a fake photo showing an Australian soldier beheading an Afghan child, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“I would tell the owners of Twitter that if you want to remove the comments about who is still the American president, you should also consider the photo, the image with an image showing a soldier, supposedly an Australian digger, with a child in his arms, about to cause harm to this child, ”McCormack said. “This has not been removed and this is wrong.”
Twitter marked the image as “sensitive”, following a hint from The Post in November.
The son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Eduardo has expressed similar concerns about Twitter’s attitude towards Venezuelan authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro.
“A world where Maduro is on social media but Trump is stopped cannot be normal,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter.
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With Post wires