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Twitter opens representation in Turkey

A law obliges large foreign internet platforms to open an agency in Turkey. Twitter has now complied with this.

In response to a controversial law governing online networks, Twitter has announced the opening of a representative office in Turkey. It is about ensuring open communication and ensuring that Twitter is available to people everywhere, the company said. (Also Read: Raids and charges: crypto phone provider Sky Global is offline)

Twitter promises transparency and protection

Twitter was banned from advertising in January for violating social media law . The law passed in July 2020 obliges providers of foreign platforms with more than one million Turkish users daily to open branches in Turkey with a Turkish citizen as their representative.

In a statement on Friday, the platform also promised to continue working to protect the voices and data of Twitter users in Turkey and to remain transparent when dealing with requests from government and law enforcement agencies.

Censorship allegations against Turkey

If online networks do not register a representative, penalties are gradually imposed, up to a reduction in bandwidth. This means that the pages can be made virtually unusable. Activists and human rights activists accuse the government of trying to enforce censorship.

In December, Turkey fined Twitter and other networks, including Facebook and YouTube . YouTube, Facebook and other providers then announced that they would appoint a representative in Turkey.

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