*Turkey’s government will restrict 90 percent of traffic to social network platforms that receive more than 1 million visits per day if the companies do not establish a legal presence in Turkey, according to a draft bill submitted to parliament by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
*The bill concerns social network platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and others, although Zengin refrained from naming any specific providers.
*According to the draft bill, if these platforms don’t establish representation in Turkey, their internet traffic will be restricted first up to 50 percent and then up to 90 percent with court decisions.
*The platforms will have to retain data about their Turkish users in Turkey, the bill suggests, envisioning legal methods to remove content. The platforms will have to respond to the applications for the removal of content within 48 hours and will be fined if they do not abide by the rules.
Earlier in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hinted that the ruling party would take a step to impose strict control over social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Netflix, due to insults that were directed at his daughter and son-in-law after they announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.