German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stressed the need for clear rules in the field of freedom of expression on social media, and that managers of large companies cannot monopolize relevant decisions.
Maas wrote on Twitter that “the violence in Washington indicates that we cannot leave administrators in Silicon Valley alone to decide how to prevent the ignition of hatred on the Internet and how to define the line between that and freedom of expression.”
He added, “This needs clear legal rules.”
It is noteworthy that the controversy in social circles around the world erupted after the decision of the leading social networking sites to block the pages of US President Donald Trump after his supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington on January 6.
While “Facebook” and “Instagram” decided to suspend Trump’s page, Twitter blocked his account permanently.