Facebook has said it had begun the process of appointing a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in compliance with a new social media law which critics have said will muzzle dissent.
The law allows police to remove content from programs, instead of blocking access as they did previously. The move has generated concern as people turn more to internet platforms after Ankara tightened its grip on mainstream websites.
The company said its conclusion did not change its community standards, which outline what is and what is not allowed on Facebook, nor its own process for reviewing government requests.
Other companies have also appointed representatives in line with the recently amended Internet law. YouTube, possessed by Alphabet Inc’s Google, stated a month ago it had obtained such a choice. .
Companies which do not adhere to the legislation will ultimately have their bandwidth slashed by 90%, basically blocking access.
Twitter said in a report this month that Turkey, which has been responsible for the maximum number of content removal requests, ranked fourth in the first half of last year, accounting for 10% of all global legal demands.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Ebru Tuncay and Ali Kucukgocmen. Writing by Daren Butler. Editing by Dominic Evans.
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