Amid Backlash Against Twitter, Angela Merkel Call Trump's Permanent Suspension Problematic

Amid Backlash Against Twitter, Angela Merkel Call Trump's Permanent Suspension ProblematicUS President Donald Trump with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has termed the decision of social media giants like Twitter to permanently suspend the US president Donald Trump’s accounts as problematic, reports LiveMint.

She opines that the bosses of such online platforms should not determine the freedom of opinion.

"The fundamental right to freedom of opinion is a fundamental right of elementary importance, and this fundamental right can be interfered with, but through the law and within the framework defined by the legislature, not according to the decision of the management of social media platforms. From this point of view, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have been permanently blocked,” the spokesperson of German Chancellor said.

On Saturday, social media giant Twitter announced that it is banning US President Donald Trump from its platform, citing "risk of further incitement of violence".

On Twitter, Donald Trump's handle is now an empty white page, frozen with 51 followed accounts and 88.7 million followers and two words on the center of screen saying "Account suspended".

Meanwhile, Tech giant Google has removed conservative social media app Parler from its Play Store for allegedly giving space to egregious content like posts that incite violence.