Some European leaders have not always been fond of President Donald Trump, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he pressed to pay her fair share in NATO obligations, thus making NATO stronger.
But even she and other European leaders are with Trump on this booting of him from Twitter, according to PJ Media.
Merkel’s chief spokesperson Steffen Seibert said, “The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance. “Given that, the chancellor considers it problematic that the president’s accounts have been permanently suspended.” He said that they didn’t have issue flagging a post. if it was ‘inaccurate, but that they should not be banning speech.
U.K Health Secretary Matt Hancock also blasted Big Tech for what they had done, for making “editorial decisions” which then raised a “very big question” about how social media is regulated. “That’s clear because they’re choosing who should and shouldn’t have a voice on their platform,” Hancock said.
“The fact that a CEO can pull the plug on POTUS’s loudspeaker without any checks and balances is perplexing,” wrote Thierry Breton, the European Union’s commissioner for the internal market on Politico. “It is not only confirmation of the power of these platforms, but it also displays deep weaknesses in the way our society is organized in the digital space.”
All these leaders get it and are calling it out. If Big Tech shut down the leader of the free world, they are dangerously too powerful, more powerful than a state, or any of these other states and their leaders. These leaders just figured out how troubling that can be. Not to mention if Trump can be shut down, at any minute, they could be too.
We can see how Twitter is inserting themselves essentially as a publisher and an arbiter of information, they are no longer just a provider as understood in Section 230.
Yes, people can scream, “It’s a private company.” But we see with Big Tech collusion, that you aren’t even allowed the alternative of Parler. We can see how they just practically destroyed a big company within a couple of days because it would not kowtow to the narrative. We cheer CEO John Matze and praise his courage, standing up for speech, even knowing that. Parler already expressly forbade content which incites or threatens violence, or other activity which breaks the law. But that didn’t stop Big Tech from trying to scrub them. By the way, I heard he was a Democrat and that he no longer is because of this. I haven’t been able to confirm that. I hope many more take that road when they see what is happening.
If even these very liberal European leaders can see the problem, why can’t the Democrats? The answer is simple. They don’t care who they step on when it comes to consolidating their power.