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Turkey imposes fines on Facebook, Twitter and Co.

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Turkey has imposed fines on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Because the providers violated the social media law, they would have to pay fines equivalent to around three million euros, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Friday. YouTube, Periscope, Linkedin, Dailymotion and TikTok have also been fined, it is said.

A law passed in July obliges providers with more than one million Turkish users a day, among other things, to open branches in Turkey with a Turkish citizen as their representative. Representation by a legal person is also possible. The providers concerned did not follow this, according to Anadolu. If no representative is registered, there is a risk of fines. After that the pages can be made unusable. It had already been announced that there would be penalties.

With the new rules, the Turkish government had drawn sharp criticism. Parts of the law made social media providers the “long arm of the Turkish judiciary,” said cyber rights activist Yaman Akdeniz of the German press agency. He does not recommend any vendor to do business in “an environment as hostile as Turkey”. Emma Sinclair-Webb of Human Rights Watch said the law was an attempt to impose significantly stronger censorship than has been seen before. The Turkish government argues that the law is following the example of European countries like Germany.


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