German Leaders Condemn Social Media Censorship, Call for Regulation of Big Tech

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Posted: Jan 14, 2021 12:01 AM

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, not a strong supporter of President Trump over the past four years, recently described the decision by Twitter to ban Trump’s account on the digital platform as “problematic.”

According to Merkel’s spokesman, “The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance … Given that, the chancellor considers it problematic that the president’s accounts have been permanently suspended.”

Jens Zimmerman, a member of the German Parliament, described the situation in similar terms.

“It [the Twitter ban] is problematic because we have to ask on which basis was it made, on which laws and what does it mean for the future actions of social media platforms?” said Zimmerman.

“We are talking about the head of state of a democratic country. Obviously, Donald Trump wasn’t very popular in Germany. But nevertheless, this could happen to somebody else who won an election,” Zimmerman added.

Merkel and Zimmerman are right to be outraged over the actions by Twitter and other social media giants to silence

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