Angela Merkel says Twitter’s ban of Donald Trump is “problematic”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) speaks with US President Donald Trump (left)

“Problematic”, that’s how German Chancellor Angela Merkel has labelled Twitter’s decision to permanently ban US President Donald Trump.

Speaking through a spokesman, Merkel defended the US President’s right to express his opinion.

“This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin.

“Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the US president have now been permanently blocked,” he added.

Twitter permanently removed Donald Trump from its platform citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” after his supporters stormed Capitol Hill.