Turkey’s parliament passes law to regulate social media
According to details, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, which has a majority with an allied nationalist party, had supported the bill regulating social media.
The bill was passed by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) lawmakers.
There was a debate in assembly over the new legislation on Tuesday and today the parliament announced its passage.
As per law, all foreign social media sites are required to designate Turkish-based representatives to address authorities’ concerns over content besides having deadlines for removal of objectionable material.
Under the new law, the real or legal entities are defined who allow users to create, monitor or share online content such as text, visual, voice and location for social interaction, as social network providers.
Providers will also take necessary measures to store data on users in Turkey inside the country.
Social media has repeatedly been criticized by Erdogan who has maintained that a rise of “immoral acts” online in recent years was due to lack of regulations.