The government’s war on Twitter

(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, 19 GEN – The government of Turkey punishes Twitter, because, as of today, the American social network will no longer be able to receive advertising revenue in the country for not agreeing to comply with local legislation on the the Web

Such regulation is considered by the opposition and NGOs as a “gag” to freedom of expression

The truth is that the sanction comes after the millionaire fines in recent months and that it also affects Periscope, controlled by Twitter, and Pinterest

The law, which came into force in October, requires platforms with more than one million unique visitors per day to designate a legal representative in Turkey, responsible for the content and its eventual removal within 48 hours at the request of the authority. judicial

A norm that alarms in a country that only in 2019 blocked access to more than 400,000 sites, 10,000 videos on YouTube, 40,000 tweets and more than 6,000 publications on Facebook

On the eve of the new restriction, Facebook had given in to pressure, along with subsidiary Instagram, aligning itself with what the other platforms involved, from YouTube to TikTok, have done.

A problematic choice, so much so that Mark Zuckerberg’s company had wanted to ratify its commitment to continue being a space for “freedom of expression” on the Web.

“We hope that Twitter and Pinterest will do what is necessary in the shortest possible time,” said Turkish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Omer Fatih Sayan, who used authorized social media to convey his message.

This is a situation that alarms the NGOs, which for months have been denouncing the risks associated with the legislation, which also provides for the cataloging of user data on local servers

And that also raises fears about the possible use of information for the thousands of criminal proceedings with accusations of “offenses to the head of state” and “terrorist propaganda”

In Turkey, social networks run the risk of “becoming instruments of state censorship,” Amnesty International warned.

In the event of increased resistance, Twitter and other rebels risk a bandwidth reduction of up to 90% in June, equivalent to a substantial blackout. (ANSA)


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