Social networks owners cannot act above the law: PM

"Owners of social networking sites cannot act above the law, so we will do everything we can to define the framework for the functioning of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other similar platforms", Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki assured in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The head of government emphasised that society in Poland is attached to freedom, and that censorship was in force for 50 years during the Polish People's Republic.

"For nearly 50 years we have lived in a censored country. In a country where Big Brother told us how to live, what to think and feel (...). That is why we are so concerned about any attempts to limit Freedom. One of its synonyms has always been the Internet for us. The most democratic medium in history, a forum where everyone can speak freely. A tool that allows every person to really influence reality, to an extent unknown a dozen years ago", Mr Morawiecki wrote.

The head of government assessed that recently the Internet has been "censoring free speech" with increased frequency and announced a proposal to regulate the operation of digital platforms at the EU level.

"Poland will always uphold democratic values, including freedom of speech. Owners of social networking sites cannot act above the law. Therefore, we will do everything to define the framework for the functioning of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other similar platforms. In Poland, we regulate them with the relevant national regulations. We will also propose that similar regulations apply throughout the European Union. Social media must serve us - society, not the interests of their powerful owners. All people have the right to freedom of speech. Poland will defend this right", wrote the head of the Polish government.

After Twitter blocked the private account of US President Donald Trump, there is discussion around the world about the possible regulation of the operation of large digital platforms in individual countries. A bill concerning such regulations was announced by the Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro.

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