Angela Merkel qualifies censorship ban of President Trump “problematic” as the platform’s stock falls

Steffen Seibert, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday that Twitter’s move to ban the sitting president Donald Trump was “problematic”.

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The spokesman highlighted the “elementary significance” of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms”, Seibert told reporters.  

“Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.”

On Monday, Twitter’s stock was down approximately 7%, a steep price decline highlighting investors’ concerns over Twitter’s future.

The platform’s censorship purge could lead millions of users to migrate from Twitter to another platform, annihilating the platform’s user base and revenues.

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