Both Fidesz and far-right party Mi Hazánk welcomed the news that Elon Musk is buying the social media site Twitter. The company’s board of directors recently accepted the billionaire’s $44 billion purchase offer.
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We can only hope that Twitter will be a digital space where all opinions – regardless of political alignment – will remain equally visible.”
Justice Minister Judit Varga wrote on her Twitter page, quoting Elon Musk: “Free Speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy.”
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The leader of the far-right party Mi Hazánk Mozgalom (“Our Homeland Movement”) also reacted to Musk’s purchase, tweeting: “We occupied Andrássy Street in Budapest before Pride, and Elon Musk bought Twitter. There will be a family parade, and there will be freedom of speech (at least here). It was quite a successful day today,” the party leader said on Twitter.
László Toroczkai also had problems with social media in the past, as the party’s page was blocked in 2019. He then sued the operator of the social network.
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