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Twitter establishes a legal entity in Turkey to comply with the law

Announced a company Twitter says it plans to establish a legal entity in Turkey to continue operating there under the Internet law that came into effect last June.

Under the law, social media companies with more than one million users are required to store Turkish users’ data in the country.

These companies are also required to appoint an official representative in Turkey, who must respond to individual requests to remove content that violates privacy and personal rights within 48 hours or provide reasons for rejection.

The company will be liable for damages if the content is not removed or blocked within 24 hours, and you may face fines, ad bans, and bandwidth reductions that may render the platforms unusable.

Twitter said in a statement: We remain committed to protecting the voices and data of people in Turkey who use Twitter, and we continue to be transparent about how we deal with requests from government and law enforcement.

She added: As part of our continuous efforts to provide our services in Turkey, we have closely reviewed the newly amended Internet Law No. 5651, and to ensure that Twitter remains available to everyone who uses it in Turkey, we decided to create a legal entity.

The authorities in Turkey imposed a fine of 40 million liras (about $ 5.1 million) on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Tik Tok in 2020 for failing to appoint the required local representative.

Since then, Facebook, YouTube and Tik Tok have created the required legal entities in the country.

Earlier this year, Twitter was among the social media companies that received an ad ban in Turkey under the new law.

Turkey imposed an ad ban on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest in January.

The ban was the next step in a series of measures to compel social media companies to maintain legal representatives in Turkey to manage content complaints.

The Turkish government says: Internet Law 5651, as it is called, is necessary to protect the rights of social media users in the country and combat criminal activity on the Internet.

According to Twitter, Turkey’s legal demands to remove content account for 31 percent of all requests worldwide, and the country has submitted about 45,800 requests, and Twitter says it has complied with about a third.

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