Russia Says Latest Events in US Show Big Tech Totally Disregard Constitution
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the latest events in the US indicate that Big Tech companies totally disregard America's Constitution.
"Recent events, including those in the United States, [pertain] to a situation when half a dozen people who have created their technological empires do not even want to know what rights they have in their countries. They themselves define their rights on the basis of so-called corporate norms and they don't care a bit about the constitutions of their nations. We have clearly seen this in the United States, and this, of course, causes serious concern,” Lavrov told reporters on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.
He added that all this “comes from evil”, accusing US authorities of failing to deliver on their obligations to provide American citizens with free access to information.
The remarks came after Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's personal account earlier this month as the social platform accused POTUS of inciting his supporters to violently storm the Capitol building on January 6 in a bid to prevent Congress from certifying the November 3 presidential election results.
Instagram and Facebook were quick to follow suit, even though the social media platforms unblocked Trump’s accounts on Friday, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier stating the bans would not be lifted until Inauguration Day on January 20.
Despite the unblocking, Trump was denied the status of US president by the company, and was marked on Facebook as a "Political Candidate" although he is legally the POTUS until Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.
Trump has repeatedly expressed scepticism about social media platforms, especially Twitter and Facebook, accusing them of shading "prominent Republicans" and of having a "Radical Left bias".