Turkey tightens grip on social media with new law

Turkey’s parliament yesterday passed a controversial bill which would give the government greater control of social media, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Under the new law, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter would have to ensure they have local representatives in Turkey and to comply with Turkish court orders over the removal of certain content or face heavy fines. Critics are concerned over the legislation’s impact on freedom of speech. The law would affect social networks with more than a million unique visits every day, and proposes servers with Turkish users’ data must be stored in Turkey. 

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