Twitter to nominate consultant in Turkey

Twitter will hire a local agent in Turkey to comply with the country’s new social media law, Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan said in a statement late Friday.

The California-based company also released a statement accompanying its decision.

“In our continued efforts to provide our service in Turkey, we have carefully examined the recently amended Internet Law No. 5651. To ensure that Twitter remains available to everyone who uses it in Turkey, we have decided to create a legal entity to found.” Company said.

“In making this decision, we were guided by our core mission: to defend open, public conversations and to ensure that our service is available to people everywhere. We remain committed to protecting the voices and data of people in Turkey who Use Twitter. We’ll move on. ” to be transparent about how we deal with requests from government and law enforcement agencies, “he added.

“Twitter was founded on the basis of freedom of expression and we respect people’s universal right to express their views online. We have a certain human rights role on Twitter and we hold our processes, products and policies accountable – we have and will enforce this as always . ” our rules impartially and sensibly. “

In October 2020, new social media regulations came into effect, marking the beginning of a new era in public use of social platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

According to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Party for Nationalist Movement (MHP), the new regulations aim to protect citizens’ personal data and oblige social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to have representatives in the country have to remove illegal content and block access to harmful content.

Parliament ratified the draft law regulating social media back in July, forcing the platforms to comply with the conditions or to impose fines and bandwidth reductions.

The government says the legislation was necessary to fight cybercrime and protect users.

Social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, received fines totaling TL 40 million (US $ 5.35 million) in two penalty loops for non-compliance in the second half of last year.

In January, Facebook announced it had begun appointing a legal entity as a local agent in Turkey to comply with the country’s new social media law.

The move comes as a deadline for an advertising ban that prevents Turkish companies from advertising on platforms that do not meet the requirements and do not appoint a local representative.

YouTube also previously said it will appoint a representative in Turkey after a string of fines.

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