Monday, January 11, 2021

Germany's Merkel hits out at Twitter over 'problematic' Trump ban

LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted Twitter’s decision to ban U.S. President Donald Trump.

“The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin on Monday, according to Reuters.

“Given that, the chancellor considers it problematic that the president’s accounts have been permanently suspended.”

Seibert said that, while Twitter was right to flag Trump’s inaccurate tweets about the 2020 U.S. election, banning his account altogether was a step too far. He added that governments, not private companies, should decide on any limitations to freedom of speech.

Twitter was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

via www.cnbc.com

https://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2021/01/germanys-merkel-hits-out-at-twitter-over-problematic-trump-ban.html

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