Turkey Passes Controversial Law to Monitor Social Media Even More

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The Turkish parliament has passed a bill that further expands government control over social media, state news agency Anadolu reported.

 

The controversial law is causing concern for organizations that promote freedom of expression: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to “muzzle social media.”

The new law applies to major social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, which have more than a million unique visitors every day.

The law requires these major social networking sites to comply with requests from the Turkish court to withdraw certain content.

In addition, the social networking sites are also required under this law to have a representative in Turkey, who must respond to court orders within 48 hours, for example, when the court requests that unwanted content be removed from the sites.

In addition, the companies also have to keep user data on servers in Turkey.

If these companies do not follow the law, a hefty fine awaits them. Such a fine can amount to 1.2 million euros. The companies can also be banned from advertising or the bandwidth can be reduced, making the sites load very slowly.

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