Law passed: Turkey wants to monitor social networks more

The Turkish Parliament has approved a stronger Monitoring of social networks by the authorities. It was adopted on Wednesday a law that has led to fears of incr

Law passed: Turkey wants to monitor social networks more

The Turkish Parliament has approved a stronger Monitoring of social networks by the authorities. It was adopted on Wednesday a law that has led to fears of increasing censorship. Especially great concern has caused the requirement that operators of social networks to store user data in Turkey. The act also provides that companies such as Facebook and Twitter need to operate representative offices in Turkey.

The representative offices should respond to complaints about content on the platforms. If the company designate an official representative, the law provides penalties, prior to bans on advertising and bandwidth reductions that complicate the use of the sites. The representative must remove any content, in breach of privacy and personality rights, within 48 hours, or not justify, why he is doing this. If such content is not removed within 24 hours, or blocks, can be made the operator liable.

opposition politicians have said that with the law, the freedom of speech is more restricted. The Turkish government has the media in the country already under his control and dozens of journalists are in prison. Against hundreds of people was determined to be due to Posts on social networks, and some were arrested.

"We have the goal to finish the insult, the insults in the social media and the annoyances that are made through this Medium," had defended Özlem Zengin, Vice-Chairman of the ruling AKP, the law previously.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had announced at the beginning of July, a stronger control of social media: "These channels, which are full of lies, insults, attacks on the right to privacy and Rufmorden, need to be regulated," said Erdogan.

Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 05:20

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