US President Donald Trump can no longer use his personal Twitter account and has been permanently blocked, leading to protests by leaders in various countries, including Germany and France.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel decides to block Donald Trump’s account Protested And lawmakers, not private companies, say they should legislate for freedom of expression.
German government spokesman Stephen Sibert told a news conference in Berlin:
“The prime minister finds it completely problematic to block the account of an elected president. “Rights such as freedom of expression can be violated, but this must be done by law and within a specific framework, not by a company.”
Merkel is not the only politician to have reacted to the blocking of Donald Trump’s accounts, and French Finance Minister Bruno Lumière has protested. Lumer said the government, not a small digital group, is responsible for the laws, and that technology giants are a threat to democracy.
The British Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, also protested against Twitter’s decision, saying that technology companies are now making important decisions and can prevent people from operating on their platforms and be selective.
EU Home Market Commissioner Thierry Burton, who plays a key role in legislating technology giants, said it was confusing and shocking that a company’s CEO could cut off the voice of the US president without any control or balance.
The European Union has stepped up its crackdown on US tech giants in recent months and wants to prevent them from gaining more influence in the region. The union is drafting regulations to limit the power of these companies, which could lead to huge fines.
Not only Germany and France have protested Twitter’s decision, but officials in other countries have done the same. The Mexican president also reacted to the blocking of Donald Trump’s Twitter account. “Andres Manuel Lپpez Obrador,” he said.
“I’m not interested in censoring or getting a person posting a message on Twitter or Facebook. “I do not agree with such an action and I do not accept it.”
A critic of the Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, took to Twitter to protest Twitter’s actions:
“I believe that blocking Donald Trump’s Twitter account is an unacceptable censorship, and such a decision was made out of personal feelings as well as personal political preferences, and could be an example of a crackdown on free speech.”
Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is another protester on Twitter who has chosen a photo of Trump for his Twitter account. Bolsonaro said:
“A world where Nicolas Maduro can be on a social network but Donald Trump is blocked cannot be normal.”
Following Donald Trump’s attack on the House of Representatives to prevent Joe Biden from winning the 2020 election, Twitter decided to permanently block the current US president’s personal account. Along with Twitter, Facebook also blocked Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, at least until after his presidency ended.
In addition to such restrictions, Twitter’s alternative social network, Parler, used by most Trump supporters and conservatives, also ran into a number of problems. Not only was the app removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, but it became obsolete due to Amazon’s discontinuation of it and is no longer online.