Turkey begins advertising ban on Twitter, bandwidth reduction to follow

Turkey begins advertising ban on Twitter, bandwidth reduction to follow
Date: 4.2.2021 15:00

Turkey on Wednesday began implementing an advertising ban on Twitter over the company’s non-compliance with a new social media law, Turkish Communication and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said.

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Turkey’s advertising ban on the social networking service will be followed by a reduction of internet bandwidth, AA cited Karaismailoğlu as saying during a meeting with journalists in Ankara.
Turkey’s social media law, passed in July, requires social media platforms with over one million daily users, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to open offices in Turkey while imposing stiff penalties for non-compliance, including restriction of bandwidthmaking the platform unusable.
YouTube, Ticktock, Daily Motion and Facebook have all complied, while Twitter has yet to take the step.
Turkey was justified in the move, Karaismailoğlu said, noting that the Turkish government had   "requested a representative and interlocutor" from Twitter to "prevent messages that are inappropriate and attack individual rights." 
"This was a matter pertaining to the country’s safety," he added. 
The representatives appointed by the social media companies are to receive service of administrative, court orders and respond to other notifications and requests made by Turkish service providers.
Karaismailoğlu also blasted Twitter for flagging a post by Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu earlier this week.
"Who do they think they are?" the minister asked." Where do they find the courage to block the tweet of an interior minister, an official who is responsible for the safety of this country?" 
Twitter on Tuesday limited access to Soylu's tweet, which referred to students protesting the appointment of a government-linked rector to head their university, as "LGBT perverts."


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