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EU slammed Twitter for suspension of Trump's account

11.01.2021, 17:37

The EU Market Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said to be perplexed at the suspension of US President Donald Trump's Twitter account without justified and democratic control, as Politico reported.

" The fact that a CEO can pull the plug on POTUS’s loudspeaker without any checks and balances is perplexing. It is not only confirmation of the power of these platforms, but it also displays deep weaknesses in the way our society is organized in the digital space," Breton said.

" The unrest in Washington is proof that a powerful yet unregulated digital space — reminiscent of the Wild West — has a profound impact on the very foundations of our modern democracies. ," he added.

In this regard, Breton called for the establishment of rules of conduct in the digital space with clear rights, obligations for each party and safeguards.

In general, the European Commissioner compared the removal of Trump's account to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011.

" Just as 9/11 marked a paradigm shift for global security, 20 years later we are witnessing a before-and-after in the role of digital platforms in our democracy," Breton said.

As it was reported earlier, US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", the company says, as BBC reported.

Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account".


Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) took the extraordinary step on Wednesday of locking President Donald Trump's account on their platforms after his supporters stormed the Capitol building to protest the election, as CNN reported..

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