Mexican President Manuel López Obrador spoke out against the measures imposed by Big Tech such as Twitter and Facebook after they suspended President Donald Trump’s accounts for good.
“I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face[book]. I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that,” said Obrador, according to an Associated Press report.
“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful,'” continued Obdrador, “Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies.”
Obrador’s statement comes after Twitter and Facebook censored the president’s accounts for allegedly violating their rules.
In one of the tweets that the social network used as an argument to suspend his account, President Trump said, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
Censorship of the platform also found justification after President Trump announced that he did not plan to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration event.
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” this was his last posting before his account was removed from Twitter.
Obrador shared the sense of outrage over the censorship of President Trump after Facebook included President Trump among hundreds of users who have been censored from the social network accused of violating its content policies.
Spokesman for Mexican president Jesús Ramírez said, “Facebook’s decision to silence the current U.S. leader calls for a debate on freedom of expression, the free exchange of information on the web, democracy and the role of (social) network management companies.”
After Twitter and Facebook censorship of the U.S. president became known, Google retaliated against the emerging social network Parler by accusing it of allowing content that incites violence after the Jan. 6 protests in Washington’s Capitol.
Parler CEO John Matze questioned Google’s actions, saying they were “horrible.”
“Guess they arnt [sic] really concerned about the ‘violence’ that is against our rules anyway,” Matze said, “If they actually cared, they would try to help. Not dump the app and send a break up public statement. What a horrible way to handle this,” he added.