Skip to comments.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Twitter ban on President Trump ‘problematic’ [The understatement of the week]
Posted on 01/11/2021 8:05:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind
German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump’s eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said Monday.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence” in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president.
Asked about Twitter’s decision, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the operators of social media platforms “bear great responsibility for political communication not being poisoned by hatred, by lies and by incitement to violence.”
He said it’s right not to “stand back” when such content is posted, for example by flagging it.
But Seibert also said that freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of “elementary significance.”
“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” he told reporters in Berlin. “Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.”
Facebook on Thursday suspended Trump’s account through Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, and possibly indefinitely.
Merkel herself does not have a Twitter account, although Seibert does and many German government ministers do.
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Not surprised Herr Merkel is speaking up. This Communist knows is that if you chase people off the government tracking application, you can’t keep tabs on them.
Hmm. kristallnacht, bitch. You’re next
RE: Hmm. kristallnacht, bitch. You’re next
She doesn’t use social media.
Former east German speaks. She should remember the stasi well.
She’s just afraid that they are going to find out that she was in on that CIA server in Germany that enabled STEALING OF OUR ELECTION.
Bigger issue - financial institutions denying payment processing to businesses they don’t like. This has included gun stores for years, expanded to free speech crowdfunding sites ...
Now you have a cartel of financial institutions saying we won’t let Republicans who challenged election fraud get their money.
Citi and JPMorgan Join Marriott in Pausing Political Donations
Other countries’ leaders are getting a cold chill from what they’re seeing happening in America now with Internet NGOs.
They know such axes can swing in different directions, depending on the political winds.
They are right to be very concerned.
What they don’t really like is that they believe Social Media is an “American” thing.
Methinks this is all part of the plan.
The world is tiring of America’s arrogant deep state and is oligarchs.
Angela Merkel was born on July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, Germany . The Kristall nacht happened in 1938. Her parents probably haven't probably even met at the time yet.
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