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Erdogan Seeks to Tame Social Media, Again

Voice of America News reports: “Turkey is poised to introduce drastic measures to control social media platforms.  

The proposed legislation is drawing growing international criticism with social media remaining one of the few venues for dissent.  

Infuriated by tweets mocking his son in law and daughter, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared this month, the ‘immoral [social media] platforms’ would be ‘completely banned or controlled.’ 

Under new legislation set to pass before Eid holidays later this week, the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Tik Tok will be compelled to open offices in Turkey by requiring them to assign representatives who would be subject to Turkish laws, including tax regulations. 

‘It builds upon and expands upon the current regime of controls,’ said Professor Yaman Akdeniz, co-founder of the Freedom of Expression Society, an advocacy group in Istanbul…”

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