Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority has imposed promoting bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest below a brand new social media regulation, in line with choices revealed within the nation’s Official Gazette on Tuesday.
The regulation, which critics say will muzzle dissent, requires social media firms to nominate native representatives in Turkey. On Monday, Facebook joined different firms in saying it could be appointing such a consultant.
The choices within the Official Gazette stated the promoting bans went into impact from Tuesday. Twitter, its live-streaming app Periscope, and picture sharing app Pinterest weren’t instantly out there to remark.
The regulation permits authorities to take away content material from platforms, reasonably than blocking entry as they did previously. The transfer has brought about concern as folks flip extra to on-line platforms after Ankara tightened its grip on mainstream media.
In earlier months Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter had confronted fines in Turkey for not complying with the regulation. Companies that don’t comply with the regulation will finally have their bandwidth slashed by 90 p.c, basically blocking entry.
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