Mexican President Launches International Campaign Against Social Media Censorship
“How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador began an international campaign to fight against censorship by social media companies after they all banned President Donald Trump.
From The Associated Press:
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration is reaching out to other government to form a common front on the issue.
“I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” López Obrador said. “Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”
“How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?” he asked.
Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico is starting to build an international campaign around the issue.
“Given that Mexico, through our president, has spoken out, we immediately made contact with others who think the same,” Ebrard said, noting they had heard from officials in France, Germany, the European Union, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
“The president’s orders are to make contact with all of them, share this concern and work on coming up with a joint proposal,” Ebrard said. “We will see what is proposed.”
The move comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Twitter, describing the move as “problematic.”
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wants “new regulations” in the EU for social media platforms because “the owners of corporate giants should not decide which views are right and which are not.”
López Obrador did not go that far. He encouraged his Facebook followers to use Telegram:
Ramírez Cuevas said López Obrador manages his own social media accounts, and is not being ironic when he uses a favorite phrase, “the blessed social media.”
“When he talks about the blessed social media, he is referring to the citizens who use it freely to express opinions freely and get information,” Ramírez Cuevas said. “The mass use of social media has allowed his message to get through, when before it was blocked by traditional news media.”
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I am glad to see other countries recognize that some social media need their wings clipped.
Sad that we are so ignorant or stupid as to not recognize the opression/suppression/oppression by the leftists.
Finally, something the world can unite around: censorship is evil. Only extremists believe otherwise.
Will the left take notice that they are making us look far worse than Trump ever did? The world will forgive us for electing a flamboyant president, but they will never forgive the tech giants for censoring freedom of expression — particularly since they seem hell bent on turning censorship into an export.
Big Tech may be comprised of private companies. But their terrible corporate governance makes an excellent case study for running these firms as a public utility.
For example, what kind of investor thinks that Jack Dorsey has set Twitter on the path of future success? He has literally angered the whole world… he planned to decamp to an unspecified location in Africa for several months in an election year… and he looks like a hobo.
Twitter is a large cap public company in the hands of children. Where is the SEC?
Yes, Dorsey is an oddball. I wonder why.
Anyone know his past? His childhood?
I’ll be very grateful for any action which cuts dorsey, zuckerberg, et al., down to size.
Enough with the foreigners with no 1st Amendment culture, deciding what Americans can write!
Amazing. The Third World is now more civilized than the US.
That said, what that scumbag pelosi is doing by inciting fascism is covering her corrupt ass, which Trump was exposing.
THIS is why pelosi hates Trump and what she and her sleazy family are trying to hide:
“Pelosi’s entire family has generational corruption, tied to 4 families that have run CA for 80+ years like Game of Thrones:”
Insurrection in D.C., my ass.
The scum of the swamp and their corrupt generals haven’t seen anything yet.
Every EU country has the power under the GDPR regulation to fine big tech out of existence. I used to think that was a bad idea, recent shenanigans by Amazon, Twitter, et. al. have changed my mind.
It’s a needed move. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc aren’t going to stop with their censorship and online unpersoning unless some action is taken to place limits on what they can do to those whom they find problematic. This goes for crushing potential competitors when people they don’t like leave/are forced off their platforms and go to another one. We may unfortunately have to wait about 4 years here in the US for meaningful action but that doesn’t mean other countries have to wait.
The Spanish Inquisition???!!! No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!!!!
I’m surprised it took this long…
cojones, senor–mucho gusto
I’m a confirmed cynic. I fully expect that within a week, someone will clue me in as to how AMLO personally benefits from taking this stance. But until that happens, props to AMLO, and where the hell is the rest of “Western Civilization?” Recreating the Nazis, it seems.
It is pathetic that the country which created the first amendment has to wait for Mexico and a refuge from East Germany to defend it.
What’s the only difference between big tech censorship and the Spanish Inquisition? No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! 🙂
Asking a question from ignorance: Is it possible the alternatives to Farcebook and Twitter might find a home in Mexico or another country? Interesting that they might leave America to enjoy American values.