Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned social media companies for censoring President Donald Trump this week, saying that he does not “accept” the move as being okay.
“I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face(book). I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that,” López Obrador said.
“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful,’” he continued. “Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies.”
The Washington Post reported that presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez doubled down on the message from López Obrador, writing on social media: “Facebook’s decision to silence the current leader of the United States calls for a debate on freedom of expression, the free exchange of information on the web, democracy and the role of the companies that administer (social) networks.”
Social media companies censored Trump after a riot broke out at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday following a rally that the president held as Congress certified the Electoral College victory of Joe Biden.
López Obrador was not the only world leader to come out and condemn tech companies for censoring Trump.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, slammed Twitter on Saturday for its censorship of President Donald Trump, calling the move “unacceptable.”
“I think that the ban of Donald Trump on Twitter is an unacceptable act of censorship,” Navalny said. “Of course, during his time in the office, Trump has been writing and saying very irresponsible things. And paid for it by not getting re-elected for a second term.”
Banning him for two of his least offensive posts ever… ok. Probably better for Twitter to just be honest about why it made the decision. https://t.co/LOA0w3KUrj
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 9, 2021
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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