The fines came after, the new legislation came after the implementation on social media, contained in amendments to the “Law on the Regulation of Internet Broadcasting and the Fight against Crimes Committed by the Internet Broadcasting”
The vice minister of Telecom, Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, tweeted the decision of penalties. The fines are among the five steps penalty procedure, legitimated under law.
The legislation implemented from October 1st, 2020 means social networks with more than a million unique connections per day must have a representative in Turkey. After the first month, the companies or social networks such as facebook, instagram, twitter, periscope, youtube, and tiktok fined 10 Million Turkish Liras (Appx 1.225 million dollars) due to the failure of designated representatives.
Platforms will also have to obey Turkish court orders to remove content that’s reported as offensive by either individuals or the government within 48 hours.
Failure to do so could lead to fines of up to 4.5 million dollars or restrictions on bandwidth, blocking access to the platform.