The World’s Conservatives Gather in Budapest
23 September 2021
January brings more cases of hateful and divisive messages from political leaders leading to physical violence. Political turmoil in the US after Donald Trump incited a mob which stormed Capitol Hill. In Hungary, a leading think tank expert received death threats to his family after Viktor Orbán marked his criticism of the government as “evil”.
Many watched with unease the mayhem unfold in Washington DC after Donald Trump incited his followers to “take back control of the government”. Illiberal and autocratic forces in Central Europe are sure to use the event to their advantage. Watch for messages showcasing democratic decline abused by systemic rivals of the West. Also, anticipate new pressures on social media operators to moderate content online.