For years, countless Americans, including lawmakers and the president, have raised the alarm about social media censorship. Many conservatives, especially popular thought leaders, found their accounts secret throttled, blocked from search results, or outright shut down. Yet despite these calls, Congress refused to take action, such as revoking these companies’ Section 230 immunity.
Finally, last week, Twitter and other social sites shut down Donald Trump’s accounts on vague and unprovable charges. We heard little from our own lawmakers (who, ironically, are just as vulnerable to censorship). But around the world, leaders from foreign nations were expressing outrage.
Now, the president of Mexico is taking unprecedented steps to confront big tech.
Left-wing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reportedly vowed to take on tech companies on Thursday in response to the bans that President Donald Trump has faced on social media.
“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.”
“How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?” López Obrador asked…
López Obrador’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that Mexico has already started the work of getting other nations involved in the effort, including “officials in France, Germany, the European Union, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia,” The Associated Press reported. [Source: Daily Wire]
Isn’t that interesting? Congress has refused to do anything to confront or rein in social media. But the President of Mexico is forming an alliance of numerous countries to address this growing issue.
Obrador condemned the actions of sites like Twitter and Facebook, calling it “a sort of Spanish Inquisition.” He said what many already believe, that social networks can’t us accusations of inciting violence as a “pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”
Funny, this should be something American leaders are saying. Instead, our lawmakers waste time on a bogus impeachment, harping on a false narrative to shame and disgrace an outgoing president. Everything our leaders are doing prove they are on the side of big tech, who abuses its power to silence and crush anyone they do not like.
It might take the actions of leaders from Mexico, France, Germany and beyond to finally end the scourge of online censorship. These nations, some from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia, appear to value free speech more than Congress.
Hopefully they will be able to do what our government refused, to the great shame of our crooked lawmakers.