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Official: Reach of government Facebook page falls

Hungary's government and many ruling party politicians have seen a significant decline in the reach of their Facebook pages since Thursday, a government official has said.

“We’re baffled by what has happened,” Csaba Domotor, a state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, said on Facebook, adding that Facebook had not said anything in advance about any changes.

“We don’t know if a technical problem is to blame or if Facebook has begun to limit the reach of political content like it has said it would,” Domotor said.

The state secretary said the matter highlighted how public figures were “at the mercy” of tech companies when it came to communication. Domotor said the limited reach of the government’s pages was “especially disadvantageous” now when it was so critical to keep Hungarians informed about the status of the pandemic and vaccines.

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