German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers it “problematic” that Twitter would toss President Trump off its social media platform, saying through a spokesmen Monday that the president’s ability to express his opinion is a fundamental right of “elementary significance.”
“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.
“Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked,” he added.
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Twitter permanently banned Trump’s Twitter account last Friday citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” — two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol.
But for weeks the social media platform had tagged the president’s tweets about the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Seibert said Twitter and other platforms like Facebook and Google have a