Hungary is considering sanctions against Big Tech as a result of the growing discussion about content policies and “systemic abuses” of freedom of expression.
Minister of Justice Judit Varga, on Monday Jan. 18, announced that possible sanctions will be carried out against Facebook.
This week, Varga announced that she hopes to meet with the Hungarian Competition Authority to discuss the unfair commercial practices employed by social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter, according to Reuters.
With heavier censorship, various government officials have indicated that such companies, including Facebook, are employing efforts to limit conservative views on their platforms.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who uses his Facebook account to publicize government measures on CCP Virus and economic policy, has more than 1 million followers on Facebook, approximately 10% of the population.
Varga, on the other hand, has approximately 120,000 followers on Facebook. A Varga spokesman did not immediately respond to questions sent by email seeking more details about the minister’s accusation that Facebook restricted the visibility of her posts, according to Reuters.
Varga denounced the alleged “shadowban” techniques used by social networking companies in a Facebook post, saying, “To reduce its reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, and right-wing views. I have personal experience of that as well.
In one post, Varga quoted a tweet from James O’Keefe of Project Veritas about a video that features Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talking about the focus on banning President Donald Trump’s account, as well as the accounts of conservatives or those who dare to question the official narrative.
Varga, approves of the fact that social network companies are regulated by the European Union, although she also considers the possibility of having to intensify measures given the nature of the abuses.
Varga’s comments come a few days after the allied country Poland mentioned possible actions against Big Tech, while the minister said that companies that remove posts they consider offensive could be fined.
According to the Daily Caller, Poland aims to hold social networking companies accountable for censoring political commentators by prohibiting the removal of any post deemed legal by Polish law.
In recent weeks, Facebook as well as other Big Tech such as Twitter, YouTube, Google, or Amazon have carried out multiple actions to impose censorship, especially amid the November elections in the United States and complaints about massive electoral fraud.
In one of the most mentioned cases, the platform that advocates freedom of expression, Parler, was affected by the deliberate actions of Google and Amazon that suspended its services from Play Store and Amazon Web Services respectively, putting pressure on the platform to moderate its content.