Turkey hits Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope with advertising ban as they fail to appoint local representative

Turkey hits Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope with advertising ban on Tuesday for failing to comply with Facebook and appointing a local representative to take up controversial positions under a new media law.

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Freedom of expression defenders have warned that the law is part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's efforts to curb social media and prevent any dissent against his government.

The social media legislation passed last year means that networks with more than a million users had to appoint an envoy to deal with court orders to remove abusive content within 48 hours.

Turkey's Deputy Infrastructure Minister Umayr Fatih Siyan tweeted that the ban on all three platforms had been imposed on Tuesday, while companies who advertise with them will also be fined.

Sayan added that Ankara is "committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect the data, privacy and rights of our people."

"Unlawfulness and Digital fascism

 will never be permitted to prevail in Turkey," he added.

If the network continues to ignore the law, Turkey will reduce its bandwidth by 50% in April and 90% by May, making it effectively inaccessible.

Platforms that were unable to meet the first deadline last November, including Facebook and Twitter, were fined millions of dollars.

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Facebook said Monday it would appoint a local delegate but acknowledged "how significant it is for our platform to be a place where users can exercise their freedom of expression."

Its compliance includes YouTube, Tik Tok and Dailymotion, which angers activists. VK Facebook's Russian peer opened a local office in November.

"Facebook's decision puts her - and Google, YouTube and others - at serious risk of becoming a tool of state censorship," Amnesty International's Turkey-based campaigner Miliana Buyum said on Monday.

Study shows that as Erdogan's grip on the mainstream media tightened, particularly since he survived a failed coup in 2016, younger people began to sought for information online, mostly on social media.

Also, Turkey named Periscope in it's decisions, Twitter said last month that its mobile app for live video streaming would be closed down by March.

"The cyber world has now become a menace to mankind," Erdogan warned last week, promising to adhere to the cyber homeland as a part of Turkey's security. Data controllers can set up a digital fascism by ignoring law, rights, democracy and freedom." He added

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