So far, social platforms have been whipped for letting space for extremists, but now they have realized they can be blocked as well.
Twitter has suspended Trump’s account indefinitely, underlining the danger of inciting further violence after protesters stormed the Capitol, presumably as a result of his messages. The incumbent president has also been banned from Facebook and Instagram for similar reasons these days, at least until his successor, Joe Biden, was inaugurated on Jan. 20, and Twitch and Snapchat also made his site inaccessible. Hungarian, German, French and EU politicians are also protesting against the decision.
“We are all becoming disconnected. The world’s public is now really waking up to the time when it has become politically impossible to refuse to provide private services,” Justice Minister Judit Varga wrote on her Facebook page today. “It may come as a surprise that Merkel, Weber and several European leaders have raised their voices against the move of tech companies promoting their globalist liberal ideology, which they are otherwise dear to. They may have realized that it could happen to them and be deleted they behave as expected, “wrote Judit Varga.
“Over the past few days, private censorship has taken on a new level and has hit unprecedented levels. In digital imperialism, it no longer matters whether one is an average user or the democratically elected president of the world’s leading power, as both to silence, “the minister said. All of this highlights how “we are actually vulnerable to global control of liberal social media,” he wrote.
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“It is dangerous for freedom of expression that Internet giants have deliberately silenced the incumbent US President, Donald Trump, on their platforms based on unclear criteria,” said Vera Jourová, the European Commission’s Commissioner for Transparency and Values. “After President Trump’s irresponsible behavior and incitement to violence, he deserved to be banned, it is clear that this cannot go on,” said the EU Commissioner. ” for the content that appears on their pages.
The entire French political elite, government members and opposition politicians have also condemned Twitter’s indefinite suspension of US President Donald Trump’s account. According to the government, “the regulation of digital giants should not be solved by the digital oligarch itself.” Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire finds Twitter’s decision shocking, saying the “digital oligarch is a threat to countries and democracies”. In his view, it is only “the sovereign people,” the states, and the judiciary that can legally regulate the digital giants.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal believed that forcing a public figure to listen on social media sites that had become a form of public existence posed problems because “there are no specific criteria for doing so”. The French government tried to regulate hate speech on the internet last year, but the constitutional council overturned the provision in June for violating free speech. A government spokesman said in this regard that it makes a difference to moderate a content or prevent a person from expressing their views freely. Opposition from radical left-wing Jean-Luc Mélenchon to radical right-wing Marine Le Pen also unanimously condemned Twitter’s decision. According to the president of the National Concentration, “large private companies these days think they have more power than a state, and presumably that is the case.”
The European Commission’s recent legislative proposal on digital services and markets aims to make online platforms more accountable and to remove illegal content more effectively. “These are pioneering proposals, but it still takes time to become a reality,” Vera Jourová said. In his view, the action plan adopted by the Brussels Committee in December sets out effective measures to strengthen European democracy, for example against the spread of misinformation on the Internet and towards a more transparent, predictable Internet system. The Czech commissioner said the siege of the U.S. Legislature building has made him realize that “attacks on the rule of law, fundamental values and democracy must be fought online and offline.” “We, advocates of democracy, naively believed that democracy protects itself, even though it is fragile and exposed to attacks from outside or inside,” he called attention.
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