Turkey impose ban on Turkish citizens and companies on running ads on Twitter

In recent developments, BTK, Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority, announced bans on advertisements on Twitter by Turkish companies and citizens, following the social media platform failing on complying with a digital law.

Turkey proposed a new digital law in 2022, which requires social media companies to appoint official representatives in Turkey. These officials were meant to handle government demands and notifications like content removal. Twitter has opposed the same, and thus Turkey is now not allowing Turkish companies and individuals to run their ads on the platform.

The law has received severe condemnation from various rights groups, experts, and opposition members, ever since it was launched. The law was initiated to increase government control and censorship on social media platforms in the nation.

BTK recently put out their decision and wrote, “It has been decided to prohibit the placing of new advertisements by natural and legal persons on X Corp. (Twitter) formerly known as Twitter, Inc, which failed to fulfill its obligation to designate … representatives.”

Additionally, according to the law, Twitter’s bandwidth for Turkey would be halved by the authority, if the social media platform doesn’t appoint a representative in Turkey.

Turkey has received many such laws over the years regarding social media and digital content navigation.

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