Under the law, which critics say is stifling dissent, social media companies that do not hire such representatives are subject to a series.
Information and Communication Technology Authority (BTK).
The law allows authorities to remove content from the platforms, rather than blocking access as they have in the past. This caused concern as people turned more to online platforms after Ankara tightened its grip on major media. Deputy Transport Minister Omar Fatih Sayan said that Twitter and Pinterest’s bandwidth will be reduced by 50% in April and by 90% in May. Twitter said last month that it would close the Periscope app by March due to reduced usage.
Deputy Transport Minister Omar Fatih Sayan on Twitter.
“We are determined to do whatever is necessary to protect data, privacy and the rights of our nation,” Sayan said on Twitter. “We will never allow digital fascism and ignore the rules to prevail in Turkey,” he said, echoing tough comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Google-owned YouTube said a month ago it would abide by the new law, which the government says will strengthen domestic oversight of foreign companies.
In previous months, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter faced fines in Turkey for non-compliance. Companies that do not adhere to the law will ultimately have their bandwidth cut, essentially resulting in an access ban. Erdogan said last week that those who control the data can create “digital dictatorships by ignoring democracy, law, rights and freedoms.” He pledged to defend what he called the “cyber home” of the country.