The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, condemned the decision by social media platforms to deplatform and censor the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump. The Mexican leader insists on freedom of information for all people.
Mexico’s leader slammed the “arrogant” CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for his statement on Thursday that criticized the recent behavior of President Trump and indefinitely blocked him from their platform.
President López Obrado questions: “What about freedom and the right to information?” The leader warned, “We should all be concerned about these recent events, and we should make sure that we don’t start restricting alternative media and make sure that people always have access to information.”
He compared the censorship imposed by Big Tech companies to a “censorship court, like a Holy Inquisition, but for dealing with public opinion”.
Facebook’s left-wing founder Mark Zuckerberg justified the blocking of Trump accounts with the fact that the US Capitol was stormed by its supporters on Wednesday. The social media giant Facebook banned the president from his platform and Instagram for the duration of Trump’s last days in office, if not indefinitely, and justified this with his intention to stir up unrest. Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account and censors the official @POTUS U.S. Government account.
If now there is going to be censorship in social media, we must think of alternative media outlets. It shouldn’t be allowed that a private corporation, the owner of Facebook, or the owner of Twitter, decide who has the possibility of communication and who has not,
Watch the following statements by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. It seems that the Mexican President may be the only national leader left in North America to champion free speech once President Trump leaves office.
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Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation:
The President of Mexico: So let’s just start together. I have read the letter from the owner of Facebook, and I felt that he was speaking about his rules with a lot of superiority and arrogance. And what about freedom and the right to information? These recent occurrences should worry us… and we should ensure that we don’t stop creating alternative media… and that the people are always allowed to inform themselves. A worldwide media power, no more than a tribunal of censorship… like the holy Inquisition. But for the management of public opinion, that is very serious. Thank you very much.