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By Richard Roth | 09:00 AM GMT+7, Sat August 14, 2021 | CNN | UNHCR

United Nations (CNN)- The ongoing discussion of freedom of speech in social media is the kind of issue you think the UN Human Rights Council could address. After all, it played a major role in both democracies and established an online community's peace. This time, the UN Human Rights Council is making progress on this one.

Myanmar's ambassador categorized the necessary actors into four categories, internal conflicted, developed or liberal countries, countries in need, and Non-Governmental Organizations. This was used to know the stances of each ambassador when tackling this issue. And as a result, the debate went well, and every UN ambassador now knows other ambassador's stances.

Every UN ambassador's solutions vary after they talk about their category. CNN has made many attempts to reach out to one social media company, and one UN ambassador to talk regarding should the regulation follow the government or social media company.

"Baidu believes that governments should control the regulations so that we can aid local needs and have a better inter-relationship between nations," Baidu said to CNN.

With the help of Germany's ambassador, the council has finally made progress to the debate.

"Imagine if companies can shut down the government, such as the case of Donald Trump, while companies can ban Donald Trump and shut down the voices. How can that happen? Donald Trump was the number 1 president at that time. Companies can't regulate the government and have too much power on the government, considering also companies are business companies. They should comply with the national law regarding business and other stuff," Germany told CNN.

As the unmoderated caucus starts in the UN Human Rights Council, the first bloc in the council led by Germany's ambassador is making a great discussion. Germany's ambassador with other UN ambassadors is willing to hear out social media companies' perspectives, issues, and solutions, whereas the second block led by Myanmar's ambassador are discussing each UN ambassador's stances or so-called "category" created by Myanmar's ambassador before.

The first bloc led by Myanmar's ambassador is focusing on the prioritization of the funding mechanism.

"The ones with internal conflict will be managed mostly by their national trusted people in their party. While, category 2 will be regulated in cooperation with international proficiency, like UNHRC…. For category 3 "Countries in Need", they will be receiving the priority inside the process and to ensure every country gets what they want, they could sort it out. Category 3 will need more help in social media platforms to spread word, applications and more funding mechanisms, and this is where we are basically heading," said Myanmar's ambassador to CNN.

The second bloc, led by Germany's ambassador, has created an agenda for further discussions. Germany's bloc has concluded that they will create a regulation on an international scale and domestic scale. The international scale will serve as a general, while the domestic scale would follow the international scale but also maintain its country's stance, history, status quo, culture, etc.

The UN Human Rights Council could at once begin to work on their Working Paper, and as long as the UN ambassadors have a strong diplomatic backing and willingness to fight, the issue will cease to an end.

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