Leaders in Germany, France disagree with Twitter’s banning of Trump
Following Twitter and Facebook banning President Donald Trump last week, France and Germany have both gone after the social media sites as they and the rest of Europe are engaged in their own fight against big technology companies across the pond.
On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself does not have a personal Twitter account, opposed the move to ban Trump following Wednesday’s deadly Capitol riot, saying that private corporations shouldn’t dictate the rules for speech but rather that legislators should.
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“The chancellor sees the complete closing down of the account of an elected president as problematic,” her top spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said at a Berlin press conference, per Bloomberg. Rights such as freedom of speech “can be interfered with, but by law and within the framework defined by the legislature—not according to a corporate decision.”
When asked about Twitter’s move, Seibert said, per the Associated Press, that those who run social media platforms “bear great responsibility for political communication not being poisoned by hatred, by lies and by incitement to violence.”
The spokesman said it’s right not to “stand back” when such content is posted, for example by flagging it.
However, Seibert said, too, that the freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of “elementary significance.”
“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators—not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” he said. “Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.”
Germany is well-known for its strict anti-hate speech laws online. In 2017, the country’s Network Enforcement Act came into effect, which forces social network platforms to remove hate speech within set timeframes as short as 24 hours for easy cases—facing fines as large as to €50 million if they fail to do so, according to TechCrunch. It recently beefed up this law.
In particular, the country since its post-war denazification has taken a hardline against Nazis.
Former U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, in response to the news of these comments, tweeted: “Germany sees what’s happening in the US as problematic. Let that sink in…..”
The government of French President Emmanuel Macron expressed a similar sentiment as the longtime German chancellor.
Junior Minister for European Union Affairs Clement Beaune said he was “shocked” to see a private company make such an important decision. “This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “There needs to be public regulation of big online platforms.”
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said previously that the government should dictate regulations, rather than “the digital oligarchy,” and labeled big tech “one of the threats” to democracy, per Bloomberg.
Europe has been waging its own war against big tech, with the European Union presently trying to put in place regulations that would give it the power to break up companies that don’t follow its rules.
Twitter last week banned Trump’s account, saying his tweets were a “risk of further incitement of violence.”
This follows in the footsteps of Facebook, whose CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said Trump’s most recent posts indicated that he intended to use his remaining time as president to undermine a peaceful and lawful transition of power.
This also comes as Amazon, Google, and Apple have removed the social media app Parler, which many conservatives have been gravitating toward amid their growing frustration with big tech and speech, from their app stores.
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Gabbard ‘no greater expression of hatred..towards women than trying to erase us as a category of people’
Former Democratic Rep. of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, had no fear in expressing how she felt about the state of woke ideology after a biological male was given a courage award on International Women’s Day earlier this month. She called it delusional, stating these woke beliefs create hatred and hostility against women.
Gabbard brought up the fact that the “woman” who was honored in the White House was “not actually a woman at all.” She stated what everyone knew: it was a biological male who identifies as a woman.
In early March, on International Women’s Day Alba Rueda, a transgender woman who serves as Argentina’s special envoy for sexual orientation and gender identity, was given the White House award for being a woman of courage. The International Women of Courage Award ceremony hosted by first lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and it it reflects a growing woke ideology.
It wasn’t just the White House. USA Today also honored a biological male for ‘Woman of the Year.’ In fact, Minnesota Democratic State Rep. Leigh Finke was on the cover and “is the first openly transgender person to be elected to and serve in the Minnesota legislature,” as stated in reports. Finke was also named “Woman of the Year” for Minnesota despite serving in office for less than three months, according to Fox News.
Exactly 👇 https://t.co/7DW5jdr4c4
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) March 27, 2023
The Biden administration honored Rueda because of his courage. They said it was the courage of his transitioning and the struggles he endured. There are many biological females who endure great struggles and triumphs everyday but apparently the White House couldn’t find one to fit this category.
Gabbard brought up two major points on why this is so dangerous and disrespectful towards women.
First she stated, “there is no greater expression of hatred and hostility towards women then to try and erase us as a category of people and then to minimize us to being a construct of anyone imagination.” Her second point she stated was, “that by rejecting the objective truth, they are rejecting the existence of the objective truth as a whole.”
She is correct and one of the greatest manipulation tactics a government can use to subvert its citizens is to destroy the idea of the objective truth. A nation that is indoctrinated from the education system, to the t.v. shows we watch, to the movies that depict such lunacy and destroy the values and beliefs of a country will inevitably fall from chaos until a new regime takes over for the betterment of society.
This is exactly what we have seen in the past with examples such as the USSR, Cuba, Nazi Germany, and even the CCP today. Gabbard was a long standing Democrat who had to leave the party because she could see the direction they are heading. The woke ideology we are witnessing in the U.S. over the past 20 years is simply a subversion of our Democratic republic.
Yurie Bezmenov a Soviet journalist and former KGB office, who defected to Canada, gave a speech equally as riveting as Gabbard. In this speech he talks about the fall of Russia and the rise of the USSR. As a former KGB member he was a part of the subversion process. He understood what it took to shift the culture of a nation state.
In short, he explained that it only takes 15 years to indoctrinate a whole generation and to create an entire generation of sleeper cells who aren’t even aware that they are part of the subversion process.
This is what Tulsi is urging her listeners to truly understand. People must see beyond the idea that truth is merely a gray space -that it is no longer relevant and realize that this type of thinking is used to confuse and subvert the masses.
If there is nothing that is concrete and no truths that we can rely on then Gabbard is correct that women will be reduced to nothing and the years of fighting for what was once equity will vanish.
You can follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexanderCarterDC
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