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MEXICO CITY, Mexico, January 19, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The leftist President of Mexico has pledged to push forth with an international endeavor to fight censorship at the hands of social media giants, who recently banned U.S. President Donald Trump from their platforms, along with many conservative voices.
“I anticipate that in the first meeting we have of the G20 I will make a statement on this (social media censorship) matter. Yes, social networks should not be used to incite violence, all that, but that cannot be a reason to suspend freedom of expression, it should not be used as an excuse. Freedom must be guaranteed. No to censorship,” commented Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador last Thursday at a press conference.
Before mentioning that he will be taking his concerns to the G20, Obrador said that there cannot be a “particular body that decides to take away the right to free expression of ideas.”
“There cannot be a particular body, I believe, in any nation, in any national state, that becomes an organ of censorship. Freedom must be guaranteed. If there is any regulation, this corresponds to the national states, it cannot be left to private individuals,” added Obrador.
On January 7, Obrador made headlines the world over when he said that he does not like anybody “being censored” on social media in light of Trump’s ban from Twitter and Facebook.
“I always say what I think, something that I did not like yesterday about the Capitol affair, nothing more than respect, respect. But I don’t like censorship. I don’t like anyone being censored or taking away the right to transmit a message on Twitter or Face[book]. I do not agree with that; I do not accept that,” said Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador on January 7 at a press conference.
Obrador is not the only high-profile world leader to question the social media ban of Trump from Twitter. Recently, German chancellor Angela Merkel declared that she found the ban “problematic.”
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
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When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
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To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
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Joining Merkel is Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who has called for regulations to govern Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in the European Union (EU).
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard has said that Mexico is indeed looking at building an international group of like-minded political leaders who have concerns regarding social media censorship.
“Given that Mexico, through our president, has spoken out, we immediately made contact with others who think the same,” said Ebrard, adding that he has heard from many officials from Latin America, along with officials from Germany, France, and other EU nations, as well as from Asia, and Africa.
“The instruction that we have from the president is to establish contact with everyone, share this concern, and work to be able to make a proposal together. That is, there is a worldwide disagreement on the subject, that is what I could say today. So, the president has said: Well, let's see what the proposal is.”
Twitter alleged that Trump broke the platform’s Glorification of Violence policy, which limits posts that “glorify, celebrate, praise or condone violent crimes, violent events where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group.”
On January 6, Trump gave a speech to a large crowd at the White House Ellipse in Washington, D.C. saying, “We will never concede when theft is involved” regarding the 2020 presidential elections.
Shortly after speaking, the vast majority of participants at the rally marched peacefully to the Capitol to voice their concerns over alleged election fraud.
A small number of protesters stormed the Capitol Building, some with alleged ties to Antifa. A few of them made it inside, seemingly without going through any security. This resulted in the joint session of Congress being promptly postponed, with politicians inside ushered away to an undisclosed location.
In one of his rare public appearances since the January 6 Capitol incident,while touring the border wall in Alamo, Texas, Trump heaped praise on Obrador for his support with border issues between Mexico and the United States.
“I want to thank the great president of Mexico. He is a great gentleman, a friend of mine. President Obrador is a man who really knows what is going on,” said Trump.
“He loves his country, and he also loves the United States….I want to thank him for his friendship and his professional working relationship,”
In November of 2020, Obrador said Mexico “cannot act recklessly” in congratulating Joe Biden as the “potential” winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections until official results were posted.
He was one of the last world leaders to congratulate Biden, doing so only in late December, sending a letter to congratulate him on his “triumph.”
In one of his last tweets, before his account was shut down, Trump said he will not be attending the inauguration of Biden next week.
Obrador has also said that he is not planning on attending Biden’s inauguration.
Despite the Mexican president speaking out against censorship, last week Facebook censored a video posted by Mexico Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez.
The banned video posted by Sandoval suggested that globalist elites are using the COVID-19 crisis to bring about “a single world government, a single army, a single currency, a single economy, and also a single religion — that will certainly not be the Christian religion.”