The Social Media companies that have seized the power to dictate what you can say have upped the ante: they now think they have the power to tell you what you can hear, and from whom you may hear it.
Even if that person is the leader of the free world – unelected CEOs think they know best.
The President of the United States has always been seen as the pre eminent national leader, “the most powerful person on the planet.”
Twitter, Facebook & Amazon’s unelected CEOs have challenged that notion, setting the dangerous precedent that they are above the law, above the people, and above the elected leaders of the people.
Those elected leaders are now, some would say belatedly, realising the insidious danger such a development presents to the proper functioning of democracy – and to their own positions of power.
Mexican President Lopez Obrador blasted the decision to ban President Donald Trump from the largest social media platforms.
“I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Facebook. I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that.”
“A court of censorship like the Inquisition to manage public opinion: this is really serious,” he said.
The French government joined the condemnation, stating “This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO. But yes, I’m shocked by the fact that it is now, entirely in private hands. It cannot be in private hands only.
The fundamental right to free speech can be intervened in only according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms.”
Angela Merkel’s German government also opposed the censorship “there should be a public framework of regulation in which social media platforms can argue that some content violates the law and it should be removed or fines paid, but that should be decided by citizens and legislatures.
Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have now been permanently blocked,”
The Australian Prime Minister blasted the decision stating “I would say to the owners of Twitter, if you’re going to take down the comments of the man who is still the American president, you need to think also about the photo, the doctored image, which shows a soldier, supposedly an Australian digger, with a child in his arms, about to do harm to that child,” McCormack said. “That has not been taken down, and that is wrong.”
Twitter has marked the image “sensitive,” following prodding by The Post in November.
The Polish Government have moved to legislate against social media companies that stifle free speech, stating, “the Polish government’s perspective is that interference in defence of free speech is a constitutional duty: The Constitution… guarantees full freedom of expression… Therefore, any manifestations of limiting it must meet with the reaction of the state to enable protection against interference with this freedom.”
The harshest response may be from the market. The social media companies behind the censorship have seen their share price hemorrhage. Twitter has lost over 15% of its value & Facebook has lost over 10% as a direct consequence of their decision to silence the US president.
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