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After social media companies boot Trump, Poland doubles down on draft law to make ‘censorship’ illegal

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The Polish government is planning to ban social media companies from blocking accounts. A draft law in the country will make it illegal for tech companies to take similar action in Poland, reported The Guardian and Balkan Insight. Senior political leaders in the country, including prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, have been critical of Twitter and other platforms for banning US president Donald Trump's accounts after the violent attack on the US Capitol building. They accused the platforms of indulging in censorship. Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter, after the social media company accused him of tweeting in support of the people who attacked the US Capitol on January 6. Facebook, meanwhile, has blocked Trump's account indefinitely; COO Sheryl Sandberg has indicated that the company is unlikely to lift the ban. YouTube has suspended Trump's account for a week, while Snapchat has put a permanent ban in place. In a Facebook post from January 12, Polish prime minister Morawiecki — while never referring directly to Twitter or Facebook — said that social media networks "cannot operate above the law". Sebastian Kaleta, secretary of state at Poland's Ministry of Justice, reportedly criticised Facebook's decision to remove Trump's account as politically motivated and amounting to censorship. The new draft law prepared by his ministry would make it illegal for social media companies to remove posts that do not break Polish law, he said.  This law will reportedly allow users to file court petitions to force social media companies to restore removed content…

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