MEXICO CITY, 20 Jan (Reuters) – The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, questioned on Wednesday the neutrality of a Twitter executive in Mexico due to his professional past linked to a opposition party, a comment that the social network described as “regrettable” in an unusual public statement.
It is the third time that the Mexican president refers to Twitter in recent weeks, after criticizing the veto from the platform to the account of former US President Donald Trump after the acts of violence this month in the Capitol.
“The director of Twitter in Mexico was a militant or sympathizer very close to the PAN (the opposition National Action Party ), the one who currently manages Twitter, was even an advisor to a very famous PAN senator, “said López Obrador in his usual daily press conference.
Although he did not give the name of the executive he was pointing to, the president displayed his resume on a big screen where it could be read that s and was referring to Hugo Rodríguez, public policy manager for Mexico and the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America on Twitter.
Before joining Twitter, Rodríguez was the PAN’s international projection coordinator (2005 – 2006) and head of logistics of the transition team of President Felipe Calderón (2006 – 2012), among other positions, according to his profile on the professional social network LinkedIn.
Later, Twitter Mexico released four tweets in which it pointed out that no employee is responsible alone for company policies and that their spokespersons do not participate in the process of reviewing them.
“It is unfortunate to see comments directed at our employees as solely responsible for the decisions or rules of the company,” he said in one of his tweets without directly mentioning López Obrador.
Although he qualifies them as “blessed” for considering them a counterweight to the traditional media, which he claims to have against him, López Obrador has asked Twitter on several occasions to clarify whether it markets messages from robotic users against him. (Report by Raúl Cortés, with additional report by Sharay Angulo. Edited by Adriana Barrera)