German Chancellor Merkel sees Twitter ban on Trump as ‘problematic’: report

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be among those not cheering Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump. The ability to express oneself freely is a right of “elementary significance,” Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, reportedly said on Monday when asked about the microblogger’s Friday decision to ban Trump after some of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building, leaving five dead. “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 in Berlin while speaking to reporters. “Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.” Shares of Twitter fell 8% on Monday, while Facebook shares dropped over 2% after the social media network suspended Trump’s account on Thursday.
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