Turkey fines various social media platforms for not complying with law

GNN  |  Dec 08, 2020

Ankara: Turkey has fined Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube for the second time. According to the new law, foreign social network service providers whose services are accessed from Turkey more than 1 million times a day appoint a permanent representative in Turkey and take measures to store the data of users located in Turkey within the territory of the country.

The social media law was approved on July 29 and went into effect on October 01.

It was reported on December 03 that fines were levied on each platform for not complying with the country’s new social media law on November 04.Turkey fined the companies as a first-stage punishment when they subsequently failed to name a representative in Turkey as required by the law by a November 02 deadline.

Bandwidth throttling is next on a rising scale of punishments. If it proves necessary, the throttling would start in April and May. It would become so strict that any platform facing it would be unusable in Turkey


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