The Turkish parliament passed a law on Wednesday to strengthen government control over social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and to force these companies to comply with strict conditions, as they would otherwise face fines or bandwidth reductions. .
Freedom of speech advocates and human rights groups have warned that the “draconian law” will give the government more power to increase internet censorship, and have urged major technology companies like Google to refuse.
Social networks with more than a million users a day must appoint a legal representative in Turkey, as the state news agency Anatolia reports. If they do not appoint a legal representative in Turkey who must be a Turkish citizen, companies may be forced to pay a fine and their range will gradually be reduced until the social network becomes unusable.
In addition, social networks must store their users’ data in Turkey, which makes it easier for prosecutors and authorities to access this data. The Ankara authorities frequently arrest and persecute people for criticizing the government and its policies on social media.