On Thursday, Mexico’s president, López Obrador, condemned social media platforms for blocking the account of President Donald Trump.
López Obrador, who is seen as friendly with Trump, was quick to criticize what he called the censorship of the U.S. president. “I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face(book). I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that,” López Obrador said.
“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful,’” López Obrador said. “Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies” (US News).
Later in the day, Presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez wrote on his Twitter account that “Facebook’s decision to silence the current leader of the United States calls for a debate on freedom of expression, the free exchange of information on the web, democracy and the role of the companies that administer (social) networks.”
López Obrador also said he was not planning to attend Biden’s inauguration. He also refrained from congratulating Biden on his election victory until after the Electoral College vote in mid-December. The Mexican leader’s only trip abroad so far in his presidency was to visit Trump in Washington in July to celebrate the implementation of the Mexico-U.S.-Canada trade agreement (ABC).
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: EVAN VUCCI/AP