The blocking of incumbent US President Donald Trump’s accounts in social networks has harmed the democratic values professed by the West, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Facebook page.
“The decision by US Internet platforms to block the accounts of the head of state can be likened to a nuclear explosion in the cyberspace: the aftereffects are worse than destruction. A blow has been dealt on the democratic values professed by Western society; a heavy argument has been instantly obtained by both the apologists of darknet and the advocates of harsh censorship; the media market has begun to be reshaped and largescale digital migration is afoot,” she wrote.
Earlier, the US company Twitter said that it had permanently blocked access to Trump’s personal account due to his violations of rules and also for fear he might try to trigger unrest. Also, he was stripped of the right to upload posts to Facebook and Instagram pages until his term of office expired. Apple has temporarily removed from App Store the microblogs service Parler, very popular with Trump’s supporters.
On January 6, a group of Trump’s supporters forced their way into the building of the US Congress in an attempt to upset the certification of results of the US November 3 presidential election, in which Democrat Joseph Biden emerged the winner. According to the authorities, during the unrest a woman demonstrator was shot. Also, three unrelated deaths, described as medical emergencies, were reported. A Capitol police officer died after the clashes.