World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Companies After Trump’s Social Media Ban

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico, has denounced the Big Tech after banning Trump’s Twitter account. This decision of President Obrador came after social media platforms banned Trump’s accounts.

According to Associated Press, President Obrador will submit a proposal on Big Tech censorship during their next G20 meeting. He said that social media should not promote or inflict violence, but freedom of expression should not be suspended.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary, stated that they are now discussing this matter with other allied countries. They have been receiving responses from officials of Germany, Africa, Latin America, France, the European Union, and even Southeast Asia.

Another political leader has shown disappointment over the Big Tech’s move against Trump. Angela Merkel, a German chancellor, said that the censorship done by these companies is problematic. Despite what is going on, President Trump should have the right to express his opinion.

Acting Australian Prime Minister Michael McCormack blasted Twitter’s double standards. Twitter took down all Trump’s comments but allowed an image of an Australian soldier imposing harm to a child. The said image is up on the social media platform.

Other leaders like Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have called for new Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook standards. He expressed that social media tech companies do not have the right to decide which is right or wrong.

President Trump’s Twitter suspension shocked Clement Beaune, the French junior minister for European Union Affairs. He said that companies like Twitter should not decide but let the citizens decide on the matter. He added that private hands decided on Trump’s Twitter suspension.

Moreover, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stated that the Big Tech’s move is the biggest threat to democracy.

Even some people share the same sentiments.

Project Veritas has released a video of Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, saying that Trump’s ban is the beginning of purging accounts. He said that the moves they are doing now would not be over. Twitter will continue to ban pages that incite violence.

These actions by the tech giants show that freedom of speech can be censored easily and selectively.

 

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