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Mi Hazánk Would Restrict Facebook’s ‘Political Censorship’

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.08.

Deputies representing the extra-parliamentary Mi Hazánk party will submit a proposal to restrict “harsh political censorship” exercised by Facebook, party leader László Toroczkai told MTI in a video on Friday.

Toroczkai insisted that Facebook poses a “national security risk” in terms of its attempts to influence Hungary’s politics through a “dictatorial censorship” of opinion, which he said impacts his party “most heavily”.

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Toroczkai said Hungarian nationals had no access to legal remedy in case of any harm through using Facebook, therefore Mi Hazánk suggests that Facebook should have a Hungarian representative, residing in Hungary, and Hungarian users’ data should be stored on Hungarian servers.

Politicians, as well as government, police and disaster management officials communicating through Facebook constitute a huge national security risk because “anyone at any time could abuse the information stored on servers abroad, owned by a private company”, Toroczkai said.

According to Mi Hazánk’s proposal, Facebook should remove any contested content under a Hungarian court ruling.

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