Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s move to censor President Trump and thousands of his supporters did not sit well throughout with the rest of the world.
Frankly, it seems to be deeply concerning to a number of world leaders based on their negative reactions to the censorship crusade.
Initially, many countries condemned the clear effort to silence political opposition in the US, but none said they would take any action.
However, on Friday, one Eastern European country has vowed to make social media censorship explicitly against the law.
Government officials in Poland have staunchly condemned Dorsey for banning President Trump from Twitter. As a result, they are drafting legislation to make it illegal for tech companies to take similar action in Poland, The Guardian reported.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook, “Algorithms or the owners of corporate giants should not decide which views are right and which are not… There can be no consent to censorship,” he said.
Perhaps, oddly enough, Twitter’s latest measure to censor the president will have positive effects on the world going forward after all.
Obviously it wouldn’t be because of his absence from the platform, but because other countries will begin to realize how important it is to add safeguards around free speech and the danger of putting centralized power into a few tech companies.
While this seems like a good move for Poland, it is not to say the US should necessarily draft legislation to do the same.
In the US, the government cannot tell private companies what they can and cannot do on their platforms. However, they can make them liable for their actions, which is why amending or repealing Section 230 is so urgent.
One way or another, it’s critical at this turning point in American history that we protect free speech and political opinions at all costs so long as they are not literally inciting violence.