German Chancellor Angela Merkel Has come out to blast Twitter over its decision to ban President Donald J. Trump. Merkel is well established as a left-wing progressive politician that has little in common with Trump on a policy or political front. The fact that this individual is criticizing Twitter of its decision to ban Trump, a decision that has been universally praised by the left, is very telling about the current political situation in America. More from CNBC:
“The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin on Monday, according to Reuters.
“Given that, the chancellor considers it problematic that the president’s accounts have been permanently suspended.”
Seibert said that, while Twitter was right to flag Trump’s inaccurate tweets about the 2020 U.S. election, banning his account altogether was a step too far. He added that governments, not private companies, should decide on any limitations to freedom of speech.
What is important to note about the comment from Merkel is the last comment, “governments, not private companies, should decide on any limitations to freedom of speech”. While not unconstitutional for a private company to deny an individual a right to use their platform it may be illegal due to the legal classification of the platform.