Following Poland’s announcement that it has plans to begin taking anti-censorship action against social media companies that ban lawful content, Hungary is now seeking ways to curb what Justice Minister Judit Varga called “shadow bans” by social media giants.
“‘Shadow ban’ means the act of social media providers secretly, for political purposes, restricting the visibility and access of our user profile without our knowledge about it,” Varga wrote in a Facebook post. “Tech companies thus violate all those fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture.”
“We could not only learn about the system-wide practice of shadow banning from a voice recording of the now-leaked Twitter CEO,” she added.
Varga wrote that in order to reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions, and pointed out “I also have personal experience of that.”