Mexican president to lead the charge against social media censorship

The President of Mexico has become the latest political leader to lash out at the censorship being exercised by social media companies, promising to lead an international effort in combatting their omnipotence.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured reporters he will be submitting a proposal on the issue at the “first G20 meeting we have.”

“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”, López Obrador said.

“How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?”

The country’s foreign secretary has been tasked with reaching out to other concerned world leaders and coming up with a joint proposal on how best to combat the suppression of free speech.

He may find a sympathetic ear in Berlin after Angela Merkel recently described the role of judge and jury being played by Big Tech firms as “problematic.”

“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.”

Add to that Poland, whose government has recently proposed a landmark pro-free speech bill which would see social media companies imposed with big fines if they fail to reinstate pulled accounts that are found not to have violated Polish law.

“The owners of corporate giants should not decide which views are right and which are not”, said Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.