… The Rumble video platform has taken a strong stance in defense of free speech
… “the French Government demanded that we remove certain Russian news sources from Rumble”
… “As part of our mission to restore a free and open internet
… we have committed not to move the goalposts on our content policies”
… “Accordingly, we have decided to disable access to Rumble for users in France
… while we challenge the legality of the government’s demands”
… “The French people, however, will lose access to a wide range of Rumble content because of these government demands
… We hope the French government reconsiders its decision so we can restore access soon” [ Rumble communication on Twitter ]
…Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski: “The French Government has demanded that Rumble block Russian news sources” [ Tweet Chris Pavlovski ]
… being transparent and making the demand from the French government public, raises a few questions
… highly unlikely that Rumble is the only tech platform the French government have contacted with their demands
… What did the other platform providers do?
… How many other ‘western‘ governments make demands on content from Big Tech platform providers that we do not know about?
… Why would any social media platform, at any scale and on any level, be in any relationship with the United States, or any, government?