Some politicians in France were reportedly stunned by the recent decision from tech companies to censor President Donald Trump following last week’s rally in Washington, D.C., that later turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Bloomberg News reported:
Junior Minister for European Union Affairs Clement Beaune said he was “shocked” to see a private company make such an important decision. “This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “There needs to be public regulation of big online platforms.” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire earlier said that the state should be responsible for regulations, rather than “the digital oligarchy,” and called big tech “one of the threats” to democracy.
The news comes at the same time that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is not exactly close with Trump, slammed tech companies for censoring him.
“The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Merkel’s spokesman said. “Given that,