The French government echoed Angela Merkel’s sentiment by saying it was “shocked” by President Trump’s Twitter ban, saying Big Tech is a threat to democracy.
Junior European Union Affairs Minister Clément Beaune said the move to silence Trump proves the need for strict regulation of Big Tech platforms.
“It should be decided by the citizens, not by a CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “We need public regulation of the big online platforms.”
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also said that “the digital oligarchy” was “one of the threats” to democracy and that it should be ruled by the state.
As we pointed out earlier, the German government has also warned that Trump’s deplatformance by Big Tech is setting a very dangerous precedent.
Communicating through a spokesperson, Chancellor Angela Merkel called the move “problematic,” adding that social media giants should not have the power to decide who has the right to free speech.
“This fundamental right can be intervened, but in accordance with the law and within the framework defined by the legislators – not according to a decision of the management of the social media platforms,” the statement said.
While Republicans were completely toothless in their efforts to control Big Tech during the Trump administration, Poland could be ready to pass a law that would fine social media companies $ 2.2 million for censoring freedom. legal expression.
“In the event of withdrawal or blocking, a complaint may be sent to the platform, which will have 24 hours to examine it. Within 48 hours of the decision, the user may file a petition with the court for the return of access. The court will examine the complaints within seven days of receipt and the whole process will be electronic, ”Poland In reported.
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