Turkey fines various social networks

Turkey today imposed several fines on major social networks. Affected are Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Periscope and TikTok. They didn’t respect a controversial law that had been in place since October.

The fine is 10 million Turkish Lira (almost one million euros) for each platform. It was Ömer Fatih Sayan, Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, who announced this.

As Le Monde explains, the new law requires that social networks with more than a million unique connections per day have a representative in Turkey. You must also obey the courts, which request the removal of certain content within 48 hours.

In case of non-compliance, Turkey can impose a fine of up to 30 million Turkish lira (three million euros). The country can also ban them from advertising revenue and reduce their bandwidth. It didn’t go that far today.

Social networks have therefore largely refused to strictly follow the new law in force in Turkey. According to them, it could pave the way for censorship demands. Facebook and Twitter are definitely the main platforms targeted by Turkey. Last year, the country blocked access to 408,000 websites, 40,000 tweets, 10,000 YouTube videos and 6,200 shares on Facebook.