Prominent German politician defends the departure of Twitter

Prominent German politician defends the departure of Twitter

Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) – One of Germany's most prominent politicians defends his decision to leave Twitter, which was questioned by some political rivals.

Opposition Green party co-leader Robert Habeck stopped last week with Twitter and Facebook. He quoted a much-discussed faux pass in a video posted on Twitter and a recent hack of data from German politicians, in which Habeck was one of the worst affected figures.

Habeck said in an interview with Sunday & # 39; s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that Twitter is "a medium that can be used or not." He added: "There is a democratic majority in Germany that views Twitter skeptically."

The Habeck movement was greeted with some skepticism. Christian Lindner of the pro-business Free Democrats said that "you have to show the flag where people are fighting and you have to fight for positions."

FILE - On this Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Robert Habeck, co-chairman of the German Green Party, speaks during a press conference in Frankfurt on the Oder, Germany. One of Germany's most prominent politicians defends his decision to leave Twitter, questioned by some political rivals.
Opposition Green party co-leader Robert Habeck stopped last week with Twitter and Facebook. (Patrick Pleul / dpa via AP)

FILE - On this Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Robert Habeck, co-chairman of the German Green Party, speaks during a press conference in Frankfurt on the Oder, Germany. One of Germany's most prominent politicians defends his decision to leave Twitter, questioned by some political rivals.
Opposition Green party co-leader Robert Habeck stopped last week with Twitter and Facebook. (Patrick Pleul / dpa via AP)

FILE – On this Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Robert Habeck, co-chairman of the German Green Party, speaks during a press conference in Frankfurt on the Oder, Germany. One of Germany's most prominent politicians defends his decision to leave Twitter, questioned by some political rivals. Opposition Green party co-leader Robert Habeck stopped last week with Twitter and Facebook. (Patrick Pleul / dpa via AP)

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