German Chancellor Angela Merkel assessed the blocking of social networks of U.S. President Donald Trump. She was quoted by Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for the country’s cabinet.
“Social media operators have a high responsibility to ensure that political discussion is not poisoned by hatred, lies and incitement to violence, and one cannot idly watch content that falls into these categories being published on certain channels,” German authorities said.
Despite this, Merkel did acknowledge that Trump also has a right to free speech. She said it could be restricted, but only in accordance with the law. “From this point of view, the chancellor finds it problematic that the American president’s accounts are frozen on a long-term basis,” Seibert added.
On Jan. 7, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Trump would be left without the social network for the rest of his presidential term. In addition, Twitter blocked his account, without naming a period of blocking. The reason for this was the publication of a video in which Trump addressed the protesters at the Capitol and urged them to go home.