Turkey Slaps Ban on Social Media Ads

Turkey has banned ads on Twitter, Periscope, Pinterest, and other social media platforms for allegedly failing to comply with the country’s social media law.

Turkey has banned ads on Twitter, Periscope,  Pinterest, and other social media platforms for allegedly failing to comply with the country’s social media law.

The tech companies have failed to appoint a Turkish representative and have been fined 40 million lire ($5.35 million) for the violation.

Advertisement activities are now effectively banned on the said platforms, and will soon have their bandwidth limited by 50% and up to 90%.

In order to avoid paying the fines and the bandwidth cap, the social media platforms would need to appoint a local representative immediately. 

“We hope that Twitter and Pinterest which have still not announced their representatives will rapidly take the necessary steps,” said Omer Fatih Sayan, Turkey’s Deputy Transport and Infrastructure Minister.

The Turkish government defended that their social media law is an effort to protect its citizens from what it calls disinformation.

So far, only Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, VK, and DailyMotion have agreed to appoint local representatives.


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