Donald Trump received unexpected backing from Germany and France following his U.S. president was shut off from social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and extending Europe’s fight with tech giants. According to the news report: German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed the decision she made on Monday, saying that lawmakers should decide the guidelines for freedom of speech, and not private tech firms. “The chancellor sees the complete closing down of the account of an elected president as problematic,” Steffen Seibert her chief spokesperson during a regularly scheduled media conference in Berlin. Rights such as the right to free speech “can be interfered with, but by law and within the framework defined by the legislature — not according to a corporate decision.” The German president’s views were confirmed by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who declared that the state, the government, not “the digital oligarchy” is accountable for the regulation as he called big technology “one of the threats” to democracy.Trump’s Twitter Ban Prompts Outcry From Germany and France
The freedom of speech is of vital important importance” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief spokesperson spoke to journalists on the streets of Berlin this morning, as reported by Reuters. Twitter was not to respond when contacted by CNBC. Merkel is often referred to as the”de facto” leader for Germany’s European Union. She resigned as the head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party in 2018 and will replace her as chancellor of Germany’s forthcoming federal elections later in the year.
Her apparent agreement with Trump against the decision taken by Twitter to take him off is a shock. However, Merkel was not alone in expressing her displeasure at tech giants for their decision to remove of accounts belonging to Trump. The decision has been a source of anger for other politicians across Europe and beyond, including U.K. Health Minister Matt Hancock and EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, who claimed it raises important concerns regarding the influence of tech companies as well as the necessity for regulation. Europe and Europe and the U.S. have seen some differences in the digital policy of both countries during President Trump’s term, especially when it concerns taxation issues. EU officials hope to strengthen their coordination to the U.S. on regulation of the tech industry when Biden’s administration assumes office in the coming week.
Donald Trump received unexpected backing from Germany and France following the U.S.
President Trump was blocked from social media platforms , including Twitter and Facebook which widened Europe’s struggle against big tech. According to a report: German Chancellor Angela Merkel protested against the decision and said on Monday that lawmakers should establish the rules for freedom of speech, not private tech firms. Steffen Seibert the chief spokesperson for her during a regular press conference held in Berlin. Rights like liberty of expression “can be impeded, however, only by law and within the limits set by the legislature, not in accordance with the corporate decisions.