Ankara had generated a new social media law under which social media companies were required to appoint local representatives in Turkey. However, Twitter, Pinterest, and Periscope failed to comply with the policy, leading to Ankara imposing advertising bans on these companies.
The law states that social media companies that do not appoint local representatives are liable for a series of penalties and allows authorities to remove content from platforms, instead of blocking access as they did previously.
The advertising bans went into effect from Tuesday. Moreover, Deputy Transport Minister Omer Fatih Sayan said that the authorities are determined to do whatever is necessary to protect the data, privacy and rights of the nation. He further added that Twitter and Pinterest’s bandwidth would be cut by 50% in April and by 90% in May. “We will never allow digital fascism and disregard of rules to prevail in Turkey,” said Sayan.
Although Facebook said that it would appoint a local representative in the country, it also added that it would take back the decision if faced with any pressure regarding the rules and regulations of its platform.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had faced fines in Turkey in the last few months for not complying with Ankara’s law around social media.