Why Angela Merkel condemned Twitter’s Trump ban

The widespread denunciation of big tech’s crackdown by global leaders isn’t a defense of Trump—it’s a strike against America’s free-speech tradition and model of internet governance.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen on a screen making a statement on the storming of the Capitol in Washington by Trump supporters, at the beginning of the digital press conference at the winter retreat of the CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag in Berlin on Jan. 7.
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