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Turkey Hits Big Tech Platforms With $1.18M Penalty

 |  November 10, 2020

In Turkey, Big Tech firms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have been hit with a 10 million lira (approximately US$1.18 million) penalty for not following a new social media law, Reuters reported, citing Omer Fatih Sayan, the deputy transport and infrastructure minister.

“Foreign companies operating in Turkey that reach more than 1 million people daily have been told about some of the rules they need to comply with,” Sayan said on social media.

“With the legal period ending, social network providers that did not report a representative, namely Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube and TikTok, have been fined 10 million lira,” the official noted.

The regulation enables authorities in Turkey to take content off of platforms instead of restricting access as they had done previously. It also mandates that social media platforms put a local representative in place to handle the concerns of the authorities.

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