Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga shares German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s assessment that Donald Trump’s Twitter ban is “problematic”, she wrote in a Facebook post. “I fully share Chancellor Merkel’s view according to which she is concerned about Twitter locking Donald Trump’s user account,” Varga wrote . “It is not my duty to comment on other state’s internal policy, but sometimes it can’t be slipped over.”
Deutsche Welle reported that when asked about Merkel’s position regarding the ban, her spokesman, Steffen Seiber said the ban was “problematic”. “The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Merkel’s spokesman said. “Given that, the chancellor considers it problematic that the president’s accounts have been permanently suspended.” In her Facebook post , Varga wrote about “digital imperialism”. “In the last few days, private censorship has reached a new level and has struck in an unprecedented way. In digital imperialism, it no longer matters whether one is an average user or the democratically elected president of the world’s leading power, since it has become clear that both can be silenced at the touch of a single button,” Varga wrote. “We have reached the point where virtual interfaces and communication channels, often built with tremendous work and financial investment, can be destroyed arbitrarily without any responsibility. All of this highlights how vulnerable we really are to global control of liberal social media.
” While opinion polls shows that the majority of Germans agree with Trump’s ban, some politicians, such as Social Democrat (SPD) MP Jens Zimmermann, have a more nuanced opinion. “We are talking about the head of state of a democratic country. Obviously, Donald Trump wasn’t very popular in Germany. But nevertheless, this could happen to somebody else who won an election,” Zimmermann said. Title image: Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga. (source: Facebook)