German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised the banning of the Twitter account of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, stating that she has concerns over freedom of expression.
At a press conference. the Chancellor’s spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that the German government leader found the social media giant’s move “problematic” while stating that social media companies nevertheless have a “high responsibility to ensure that political communication is not poisoned by hatred, by lies, by incitement to violence.”
Merkel’s spokesman went on to add that the Chancellor did not, however, believe that social media company management should be able to interfere with the right of freedom of expression, German tabloid Bild reports.
According to Seibert, companies should only intervene in freedom of expression “along the laws and within the framework defined by the legislature.”
“From this point of view, the Chancellor sees it as problematic that the accounts of the US President have