Hungary may sanction social media firms over “systematic abuses” of free speech, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Monday. 

In addition, she said that a meeting of the country’s digital freedom committee will be called to discuss the way forward. Varga will also set a meeting with the

Hungarian competition watchdog this week, hoping to come up with a possible penalty for those who committed unfair commercial practices.

“‘Shadowban’ 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,” the Justice Minister said in a Facebook post. 

She continued, “To reduce their reach, Facebook also limits the visibility of Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions. I also have personal experience of that.”

Reuters reports that Hungary’s public media has been turned “into an obedient mouthpiece and allies’ control large parts of the private media,” by the Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Varga sustained, “Due to the systematic abuses, however, we may need to step up sooner.”

The Polish ally, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party – Orban’s party, stated that big tech companies have a lot of power when it comes to public debate, as they can censor opinions. 

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