“Trump’s Twitter Ban Is A Problematic Situation” – Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts to the recent banning of American President Donald from some social media platforms one of which is “Twitter”, which was one of Trump’s major medium of communicating and reaching out to his supporters and followers. Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor has described the situation of Trump’s banning as very problematic because it is an infringement on his freedom of speech and opinion.
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Madam Merkel who through her spokesperson, said on Monday such an action or decision shouldn’t be left at the mercy of an online platform’s boss to take alone without it going through the law and acting within the framework of law.

U.S. President Donald Trump watches French President Emmanuel Macron putting his hand on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s knee during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERS – RC1D7734AEC0

“The fundamental right to freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of elementary importance, and this fundamental right can be interfered with, but through the law and within the framework defined by the legislature, not according to the decision of the management of social media platforms,” said Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert.

“From this point of view, the Chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have been permanently blocked.”

He said that lies or incitement to violence were also “very problematic”, but that the path to dealing with them should be for the state to draw up a legal regulatory framework.

Completely blocking out views by halting the account is a step too far, the spokesman said, but added that he backed action taken by social media in recent months to flag false claims.

Angela Merkel had said she was “furious and saddened” by the storming of the US Capitol by Trump’s supporters.

She had also accused Trump of stoking the unrest by refusing to concede election defeat to Joe Biden.

Twitter on Friday shut down Trump’s account to prevent another attack on the Capitol building.

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