Spain has shut down social networking platforms to block posts that are “insensitive to the current situation in the country,” the country’s prime minister said Wednesday.
Spanish social networks are struggling to deal with a flood of hate messages and death threats from protesters in Madrid and Barcelona, but the government is trying to take action against users who post “insulting” posts.
Social networks are “not doing their job,” Francisco Díaz said in a statement to The Associated Press.
“There is no need to censor.”
Spain is the most populous country in Europe, with a population of about 35 million.
Many of the countrys top political leaders are Muslim and have been vocal about their views against racism and intolerance.
The country is divided along ethnic lines with some of its most prominent regions in Catalonia and Valencia.