Twitter plans to set up a legal entity in Turkey to continue operating there under the country’s controversial Internet law that took effect last year, the company said late Friday. According to the law, those social media companies who have one Million plus users, they must store data on Turkish users in the country.
The company also require to appoint an official representative in Turkey. The representative must respond to requests to remove content that violates confidentiality within 48 hours. If companies refuse to comply, they will face fines, ad bans. They ultimately reduced bandwidth, which can render the platform unusable.
“We remain committed to protecting the voice and data of people in Turkey who use Twitter. We will continue to be transparent about how we handle requests from the government and law enforcement agencies,” the statement said.
The main purpose is to assist legal representatives in Turkey in dealing with complaints about content.
The law allegedly aims to fight cyber crime and protect customer rights. They require companies like Twitter to have advisors who can respond to requests to download privacy violations within 48 hours.
Companies that refuse to comply with the law, while not outright banned, threaten to promote bans, fines, and restrictions on website visitors that would make the business unprofitable in Turkey.
Media freedom and human rights law groups say the law censors and violets privacy and get the sensitive information.
Legal entity laws for Social media
According to the law, social media local representatives are responsible for those individual queries that are related to remove the content.
The content which violets the privacy and personal rights within 48 hours. They should give reasons if they refuse to do that.
The media company will be responsible if he does not remove or block the content within 24hours.
The concessions demonstrate the tough decisions facing Twitter in international locations such as Turkey. Companies may not want to expose customers to potential authorities for energy abuse.
But they could be forced out of the country if they break the law and drown out more speech. With that simplicity, the new company was a compromise that basically suppose to protect the vast majority of online conversations. That was ultimately removed from the Twitter Company.
As of October 2020, more than 450,000 domains, 120,000 links, and 42,000 tweets blocked in Turkey, according to the Free Speech Association.