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Turkey's parliament approves controversial social media regulation bill


The draft law obliges foreign social networks in Turkey to remove materials within 48 hours at the request of the authorities. Human rights activists are outraged by President Erdogan's response to online criticism.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Turkish parliament approved a controversial bill regulating the use of social media. Among other things, the document obliges foreign social networks with more than 1 million users from Turkey to have Turkish citizens as representatives in this country.

In addition, the administration of social networks must, within 48 hours after notifying the authorities, change or delete materials that the departments indicate, follows from the draft law. Failure to comply with the requirements threatens with monetary fines, ad blocking or a reduction in the bandwidth of Internet providers.

The human rights organization "Reporters Without Borders" earlier condemned the actions. Social media is "the last refuge for critical journalism in Turkey," it said. The bill was the only response of the "politically weakened" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to harsh criticism on the Internet, and human rights activists are outraged. Reporters Without Borders estimates that 37 million people in Turkey use Facebook and 16 million use Twitter.

source: dw.de