-0.2 C
Ljubljana
torek, 9 marca, 2021

Hungarians and Poles line up against Facebook censorship

By: V4 Agency

Hungary’s justice ministry is to conduct a social survey on Facebook censorship, which will serve as a basis for a joint EU survey. The initiative was announced shortly after a draft bill had been submitted in Poland on a similar topic, signaling that Eastern Europe will take up the fight against online censorship.

Social networking sites have increased their censorship even compared to the level seen before, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said. She pointed out that site deactivations have reached an extent when they have economic consequences.

“We must fight. Make no mistake, the social media will not only constantly intervene in the operation of the right-wing editorial offices, but they will also interfere in the Hungarian elections,” the minister said in an interview with Pesti TV. She added that Joe Biden’s presidency would unleash US tech gurus who would do everything to overthrow the “Trumps” of the world, she said.

The minister pointed out that social media is also used by economic actors, whose existence depends on the operation of these outlets, adding that deactivating accounts for a day or two can cause serious loss of revenue and economic damage. The justice ministry’s Digital Freedom Committee is contributing to the EU regulation of global tech companies in a bid to put an end to the systematic abuses, Judit Varga said.

Poland has initiated new legislation on the same subject to protect online freedom of speech. The new law will aim to prevent social media platforms from removing contents or users that do not violate Polish laws. Citizens using social media should feel that their rights are protected and the contents they publish will not be arbitrarily deleted, said Sebastian Kaleta, the Polish justice ministry’s state secretary.

Weighing in on the debate, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said his government does not support censorship and never will. “Anything that is not forbidden is allowed. This also applies to the internet,” he said.

Share

Latest news

Tom Cruise’s ‘secret trip to thank NHS workers on break from filming in London’

by A.P. Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise is reported to have paid a visit to NHS frontline workers to thank them for their heroic efforts...

Nando’s customer makes ‘obscene’ order of chicken burger with 50 extra slices of cheese

by A.P. A post on Reddit has gone viral showing a photo of a Nando's grilled chicken burger complete with 50 extra slices of cheddar...

Barcelona: Joan Laporta elected president for a second time

by A.P. Joan Laporta has been named as Barcelona president for a second time after winning the club's election. Laporta, whose central pledge was to keep...

France: Muslim migrant with eight previous convictions violently assaults photojournalist

by A.P. “Of Algerian nationality, the man suspected of having violently beaten the photographer, Anas Saïd Khebbeb, also aged 21, has been in pre-trial detention...

Related news

Swiss narrowly pass Muslim ‘burqa ban’

by A.P. The referendum was held despite it being extremely rare to see women in Islamic full-face veils on Swiss streets. Provisional results have shown...

(Watch) Migrants entering the U.S.A. from Mexico

By A.S. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has published a video of migrants entering the U.S. from Mexico, adding that they are responding to “Joe Biden’s...

Attacks on Catholicism in Poland intensify

By: V4 Agency According to a recent report, the number of young people in Poland who consider themselves religious has dropped significantly. This trend may...

PM Orban: We will help and leave no one by the wayside

By: J.S., STA The next two weeks will be difficult because several shops will have to close and services will also be suspended. "We will...
Share