(TargetLiberty.org) – In an ironic twist, social media giant Twitter – notorious for censoring Conservative voices – has now run into a censorship problem of its own. CEO Jack Dorsey decided he wasn’t going to follow the rules for running a social media platform in Turkey, and the country’s strongman leader isn’t pleased.
A new Turkish law says any social media company that wants to operate in Turkey needs to have a representative in the country to deal with complaints – which, under Erdogan’s authoritarian Islamic leadership, are common. Facebook has already agreed to comply with the tough rule, but Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest decided to call Erdogan’s bluff. Unfortunately for them, it turns out he wasn’t bluffing.
#Turkey has imposed an advertising ban on @Twitter and @Pinterest for not complying with a new social media law. The restrictive regulations threaten to expand digital censorship in the country.#FreeTurkeyMedia pic.twitter.com/UVdjARzBVD
— International Observatory of Human Rights (@observatoryihr) January 19, 2021
On January 19, the Ankara government-imposed advertising bans on all three companies, shutting down their revenue flows from Turkish users. If they still won’t comply, they could also face fines or even bandwidth restrictions that would make their sites unusable in Turkey.
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