Mexico’s Populist President is Going Up Against Big Tech – Does He Have a Shot?

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Big Tech’s censorship of President Trump and overall crackdown on conservatives and libertarians has shocked many Americans.

There are many people who simply did not realize how far progressive extremism has gone and how it has used private companies to dominate – and influence – politics and what you’re allowed to say or not.

Countries around the world are also taking note and standing up to Big Tech before it completely dominates them as well.

One of those countries is Mexico, whose left-wing populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (nickname: Amlo) is taking a stand against Big Tech in his country.

What’s Amlo Doing?

Amlo has been heavily criticized in the international mainstream media for failing to shut everything down due to COVID. Now he’s also angry about the censorship of Trump and Big Tech’s authoritarian crackdown.

“I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” Amlo said about Trump being banned.

“Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression. How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?” Amlo asked.

This guy is left-wing and even he gets it!

Getting Other Nations Onboard to Take on Big Tech

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard will be working to get other countries including France, Germany, the European Union, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia onboard with challenging Big Tech’s stranglehold on free speech.

“The president’s orders are to make contact with all of them, share this concern and work on coming up with a joint proposal,” Ebrard explained.

Amlo was furious about the censorship done by Big Tech, not because he is a Trump supporter, but because he is cautious about anytime one organization or group decides who can speak or not.

“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful.’ Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies,” Amlo said.

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What’s Amlo’s Solution for Freedom from Big Tech?

According to Amlo, the way to make online forums fair for everyone is to put it to a vote and let it be regulated by the laws of the land.

“This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO,” he said in an interview, adding that “there needs to be public regulation of big online platforms.”

Other countries such as France and Germany have also weighed in with similar concerns, with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire saying that no “digital oligarchy” should have the right to censor people it doesn’t like and saying that Big Tech is a threat to democracy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office also issued a statement saying that it’s “problematic” that Trump was suspended and that it steps on the right to free expression.

Even Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has come out against Big Tech’s crackdown, saying it’s “unacceptable” and was just done because of political bias.

“In my opinion, the decision to ban Trump was based on emotions and personal political preferences. Don’t tell me he was banned for violating Twitter rules,” Navalny said, adding “I get death threats here every day for many years, and Twitter doesn’t ban anyone.”

If only Navalny knew just how many conservatives who have been banned who never did anything wrong and never incited violence of any kind.