Mexican President AMLO to Raise Tech Censorship Issue at G20 as Global Backlash Intensifies

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivers his report on the first 100 days of government, at the National Palace in Mexico City on March 11, 2019. - It has been a frenetic first 100 days for Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, though his sometimes chaotic attempts to deliver …
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The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is mounting a campaign against Big Tech’s political interference as global backlash against Silicon Valley over the censorship of President Donald Trump intensifies.

The Mexican president, a socialist, is emerging as one of Big Tech’s most vocal critics on the world stage following the mass-banning of President Trump from Twitter, Facebook, and most other mainstream tech platforms.

López Obrador said he intends to reach out to other governments to form a “common front” on the issue, and will raise the matter at the next G20 summit.

Via AP:

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president vowed Thursday to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration is reaching out to other government to form a common front on the issue.

“I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” López Obrador said. “Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”

The chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, as well as ministers in the governments of France and Australia have also condemned Silicon Valley for censoring President Trump.

They join the governments of Poland and Hungary, both of which had made tech censorship a priority even before Trump’s bans.

Poland is set to introduce a law that would fine Silicon Valley companies millions of euros for censoring speech that is legal in the country.

The law would also create a Court for the Protection of Freedom of Speech where Polish citizens would be able to seek redress against censorious tech companies.

Manfred Weber, leader of the largest party bloc in the European Parliament, has also condemned big tech censorship.

“We cannot leave it to American Big Tech to decide how we can or cannot discuss online,” said Weber. “We need a stricter regulatory approach.”

Big Tech’s unprecedented crackdown has also led to condemnation from both the Russian government and the Russian opposition,

Via Barron’s:

Russia on Thursday compared the decision of social media giants to suspend US President Donald Trump’s accounts to a “nuclear blast in cyber space” with the consequences hard to predict.

“The decision of US internet platforms to block the head of state can be compared to a nuclear blast in cyber space,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook.

“It’s not the destruction that’s scary but the consequences,” she added.

“A blow has been dealt against democratic values proclaimed by the West.”

 This comes at a time when Russian lawmakers are considering legislation that would block Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other western tech companies that are accused of discriminating against Russian media.
This followed a warning from Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny that western tech censorship would be “exploited by the enemies of freedom.”
“In my opinion, the decision to ban Trump was based on emotions and personal political preferences,” said Navalny on Twitter.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.

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