Spain’s far-right Vox party takes Twitter to court over tweet ban

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02/07/2020

Spain’s ultra-conservative Vox party has filed a criminal complaint in a Spanish court against Twitter, alleging the social media company violated its basic rights by blocking it from tweeting, Vox said on Friday. Twitter disabled the tweet function on Vox’s official account in Spain more than two weeks ago, after – in an apparent reference to a gender equality program for schoolchildren – the account sent out a post accusing the governing Socialists of using public money to encourage paedophilia. “The attitude of Twitter is violating basic rights such as freedom of expression, the right to political participation, ideological freedom and the principle of political pluralism and equality,” the party said in a statement. It said it had asked the judge to lift the tweet ban while the court decides on whether it will hear the case.

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