Spanish portal hails Polish example in social media censorship fight

Right-wing Spanish portal La Gaceta has hailed the Polish government as being fearless in the face of powerful social media companies due a bill aimed at tackling ideological censorship online.

"At a time when big communications companies censor those who do not think the same as them, and close their accounts in the networks, including American (still) President Donald Trump, there exist governments that do not flinch in the face of these corporations' power," La Gaceta wrote.

"One of these is Poland, whose brave government has announced a bill concerning the fight against ideological censorship on social media networks," it added.

The portal reported that while Twitter has permanently suspended President Trump's account due to alleged incitement to violence, the official account of the Taliban is active. It is described as a "the official Twitter account of the spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid" and it has 146,000 followers and links to the official site of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was a totalitarian state established in 1996 when the Taliban took over the government of Afghanistan.

La Gaceta wrote that in Spain only the right-wing party Vox has condemned attacks on free speech on the part of large tech firms. Vox has criticised ideological censorship by such internet giants as Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Amazon, which have acted against President Trump in recent days and along with him several million other users.

"Sovereign nations are ruled by law and not by terms of use," the portal wrote. "Big American tech firms concentrate ever greater power over information transferred on the internet."