picture of Fidesz Congress 2021

Facebook apparently listened to its heart, which told it to remove a video of the latest Fidesz Party Congress.

Independent MP Ákos Hadházy pointed this out on Facebook himself, writing that the social media company took down the video because it included Roxette’s song “Listen to Your Heart” without being granted permission from the rights owner.

Fidesz has long associated itself with the pop song by the Swedish duo; it served as the party’s campaign song in the 1990 elections, and provided it with the slogan “Listen to your heart, vote for Fidesz” then as well.

Hadházy notes that during HírTV’s five and a half hour broadcast, “the audio track was removed in the few minutes during which the stolen song was played without permission.”

As the independent politician sees it:

Even a small result is a result, and finally Fidesz theft has drawn some small consequences.

In his Facebook post, Hadházy also includes a letter from the rights holder, which states:

Viktor Orbán nor his party has our approval to use this song … We will now ask Facebook to take it down as soon as possible.

[HVG]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.