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Poland plans to ban social media from deleting posts and blocking users

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poland’s justice ministry is preparing a bill
18:59, 13 January 2021

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Poland’s justice ministry is preparing a bill that would forbid the administrators of social media websites from deleting posts and banning users. It was reported by Euractiv.

Although social media should serve as a platform for free speech, one can increasingly often see excessive interference in the content that is being published, the ministry argued.

“The victims of ideological censorship are often representatives of various Polish movements, whose online content is deleted or blocked,” the message reads.

Related: Ukraine’s Security Service exposes group of anti-Ukrainian social media propagandists

Also, the Ministry of Justice noted that the bill is aimed at protecting free speech online from the infringements by big corporations.

According to the draft law, the administration of social media websites will not be allowed to delete posts or suspend users’ unless if the content presented as a basis for the decision violates the Polish law. Should they do that, the user will be given a right to make a complaint to the administration. The social media website can even be sued if the answer is unsatisfactory or the website’s administrators fail to respond to the complaint within 48 hours.

As we reported earlier, US President Donald Trump has been permanently suspended from Twitter "due to the risk of further incitement of violence".

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," the statement reads.

Related: Merkel finds ban on Trump's social media accounts ‘problematic’

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