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Foreign Minister Calls for Preventing Tech Companies’ Interference in European Elections

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.07.13.

The European Union should prevent big tech companies from interfering in the European elections, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said in Brussels on Monday.

“Allowing these companies to decide which politicians may use broader and narrower channels to reach the electorate would be dangerous and anti-democratic,” Szijjártó told Hungarian reporters in the break of a European foreign ministerial meeting.

“It would be similarly dangerous if they were to decide which politician is allowed to communicate and determine which is fake and real news,” he said.

Also, cybercrime must be curbed so as to protect families, children as well as “defenceless, well-intentioned and inexperienced users”.

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Szijjártó called it especially important to crack down on paedophile crimes committed in the cyberspace.

featured image Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page