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The Hungarian social network to counter Facebook: ‘Hundub’

Its designers promise a social network "without censorship" while its detractors see in it a political maneuver by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Published: January 5, 2021, 9:54 am

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    Finding friends, sharing photos and videos, instant messaging: Contrary to appearances, you are not on Facebook but on Hundub, its Hungarian certified alternative and without censorship. No one will be blocked or deleted because of their political views.

    “We will not seek to create trends or influence anyone in anything.” said its founder, Csaba Pál.

    A main feature of the site is that unlike other social networks, there are no “protected groups” defined here: anyone can scold the government or the opposition, say anything about the Coronavirus, or any minority or majority group, operators say.

    The site however prohibits the use of dictatorship symbols or incitement to commit crime, citing the Penal Code. It requests registered members to avoid sharing highly violent content or nudity or the promotion of sexual activities. Hundub already has more than 40 000 registered users, which is not a bad performance in the short amount of time that it has been operating.

    The government of Viktor Orbán, which prides itself on fighting against political correctness and considers that a climate of censorship prevails in the West, believes that Facebook is running an undercover strategic communications operation. On December 14, the Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, accused the social network of having made her page less visible after the publication of a comment underlining the decisive role that the company of Mark Zuckerberg will play in the parliamentary elections of spring 2022.

    The EU wants to give 34 million migrants housing, social benefits and citizenship. This is “the Soros Plan, pure and simple,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban told listeners on Kossuth Radio. “If the Left in Europe give the franchise to 34 million people, then they will be able to rely on their votes and support for a very long time,” he pointed out.

    The prime minister said the Hungarian left, too, are racking their brains about how to implement the “Soros Plan” in Hungary, meaning how to bring in migrants who would then vote for them. “We cannot allow them to transform Hungary,” he stressed.

    On Kossuth Radio the prime minister further highlighted that Hungarian national interests must be protected against George Soros and his network even more emphatically in the future. The prime minister pointed out that Soros, “the world’s most corrupt man” attacked Hungary on multiple occasions, but what happened most recently – with active support from the Hungarian left – is beyond the limit that a country could accept with a simple shrug after the EU tried to link budget payments and member states allegedly adhering to the rule of law.

    Both the Polish and Hungarian governments said the EU’s rule-of-law concerns were in fact an attack on political differences between Brussels and themselves.

    Behind the European Parliament, “there is a network, this is where Soros and his people come into the picture,” and they have built strong positions within the European Parliament through NGOs, research institutes, background institutions and media influence. They now want to seize control from within, taking those decisions away from the heads of state and government with which they could control Europe, Orban said.

    It is hardly normal at the end of the day, he continued, that Soros is working in Brussels to harm the Hungarian people wherever he can. And “it’s not right that we’re just sitting here, warding off these attacks, pretending that this is the most natural thing in the world,” he added.

    Opposition figure, Ákos Hadházy said on his Facebook page that the Orbán government may ban Facebook, which he believed would be replaced by Hundub. The independent representative does not consider it a coincidence that the new social network was started.

    According to him, the Hungarian government is following the Russian example.

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