Hungary to regulate ‘digital damaging’ of tech giants

According to Varga, though Budapest will continue cooperating with Brussels on the issue, “recent events have shown that we need to act faster to defend people.” [Shutterstock/quka]

Hungary’s justice ministry intends to submit a bill in spring “on the regulation of the Hungarian operations of large tech companies”, Justice Minister Judit Varga announced on her Facebook page on Tuesday.

“We would like to achieve nothing else with relation to large tech companies than legal, transparent, and verifiable operations; nothing other than that which already applies to all other companies, large corporations or small enterprises”, she added.

According to Varga, though Budapest will continue cooperating with Brussels on the issue, “recent events have shown that we need to act faster to defend people.”

The justice minister also lamented that tech companies “switch off bakers, hairdressers, pensioners, teachers, SMEs, and state leaders as well.”

“The deliberate, ideological or business-motivated digital damaging can no longer happen without consequences in Hungary!”, she added.

Last week, Varga accused Facebook of stifling “Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions”.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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