Mexico to require appeals on social media account blocking

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gives his daily morning news conference following a two-week absence after he tested positive for coronavirus, at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 8. AP photo/Marco Ugarte photo
The party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presented for public comment a proposed set of regulations on Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies, a move that drew criticism Tuesday, Feb. 9. The new law proposed Monday, Feb. 8, by López Obrador’s Morena party would open the companies to fines of up to $4.4 million for violating users’ right to free speech. The law would apply only to platforms that have over 1 million users in Mexico, apparently covering only sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok or YouTube. The proposal would allow anyone whose account is blocked or canceled to appeal the decision. The appeals would go first to the company’s own internal committees, which would have 24 hours to affirm or revoke the suspension. Users could then a
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