Facebook said on Monday that it will appoint Turkish representatives to comply with the new social media law, which is designed to force the platform to quickly delete controversial posts.

The announcement of the American social media giant was the day before its release, and other non-compliant platforms will also be announced as Turkey faces an advertising ban.

Media freedom advocates believe that the law is part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to restrict political speech and stifle dissent-a driving force that survived his failed coup in 2016 Come down.

But Facebook said that this decision does not mean that it is changing the way it handles government requests to delete content.

It said that if Facebook believes it has been forced to compromise on principles and community standards, it will withdraw its representatives.

Facebook said in a statement: “We want to emphasize the importance of our platform as a place where users can exercise their freedom of expression.”

Turkey’s new social media regulations came into effect in October after being hit hard by Erdogan’s ruling party’s parliament.

They need a platform with more than one million unique users every day to appoint representatives, and they can process court orders to delete illegal content within 48 hours.

Facebook continues to refuse to appoint a special envoy, threatening to reduce bandwidth by 90% in May.

Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Omer Fatih Sayan, tweeted that Monday’s decision also involved Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

Before the latest regulations came into effect, access to websites and content was partially restricted in countries with 83 million people.

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Last year, Twitter listed Turkey-as well as Russia and Japan-among the top three countries, which accounted for 86% of all requests to delete posts.

Social media companies are divided on the way they adopt the new Turkish law.

Facebook, which is equivalent to Russia’s VK, opened a local office in November, but Twitter, YouTube and Facebook were fined that month for failing to comply with the regulations.

China’s short film app TikTok said it will open a Turkish office earlier this month.

Twitter has not announced its decision to appoint a Turkish envoy.


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