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Poland to Criminalize Censoring of Social Media Accounts Amid US Events

Polish government officials proposed a draft law that would make it illegal for tech companies to combat online censorship in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter suspension.

Polish government officials proposed a draft law that would make it illegal for tech companies to combat online censorship in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter suspension.

Under the provisions of the Polish draft law, social media users would be able to file a petition to prevent social media companies from removing content if they believed it did not violate Polish law.

“The censorship of freedom of speech, the domain of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, is returning today in the form of a new, commercial mechanism fighting against those who think differently,” said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Morawiecki explained that it is not up to tech corporations to decide which views are right and which are not and that censorship is the domain of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

Sebastian Kaleta, secretary of state at Poland’s Ministry of Justice, commented that Facebook’s decision to remove Trump’s account was hypocritical, politically motivated.

The Polish draft law was announced after the European Commission introduced its own proposal for a continent-wide Digital Services Act, which would also regulate what could be posted or removed from social media.

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