Social Media Law or Controlled Social Media – Controlled social media, which will bring a new breath to our lives, has been enacted recently. Social media is indispensable in our life. It is one of the most important communication tools today. An indispensable channel to reach millions of people with a single click.
In this article, we will examine how social media channels , which have literally exploded in recent years, will be affected by this law and what changes will they undergo.
Social Media Law or Controlled Social Media
What is Social Media Law?
Although the concept of supervised social media is not new in some countries, it is a very new concept in our country. What does supervised social media, which has been enacted recently, cover? How will it affect our lives?
Controlled social media can be summarized as certain restrictions that social media channels take to prevent certain crimes from being committed. According to the social media law, every social network provider has to open a representative office in Turkey. Let’s take a look at what the social media law, which brings additional obligations like this, covers a little bit.
What Does Controlled Social Media Cover?
According to the law, social media network providers with daily access of more than one million in Turkey must have a representative.
The concept of social network providers in this sentence is social media such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where we all spend almost half of our day.
Social network providers who refuse to have a representative will be fined an administrative fine of 10 million TL at the first stage. An administrative waiting period of 30 days will be given, and if the social network provider cannot appoint a representative during this process, an administrative fine of 30 million TL will be imposed. At the first stage, advertisements from Turkey will be banned for three months. If a representative is still not appointed, the Information Technologies Authority (BTK) will apply to the Criminal Judgeship of Peace and the court will impose a 50-bandwidth network traffic throttling penalty in the first stage. In the next stage, it is 90 bandwidth.
The court process, which started in this way, will not be used in the country in case the social network provider refuses to have a representative.
Why Social Media Ban Has Been Implemented?
It seems that such a decision was taken because some circles were disturbed by the reaction to certain decisions and events on social media, and the fact that these reactions went beyond the borders of the country and took place in the world agenda. Of course, we do not know what kind of grounds are behind the decisions taken and the laws, but it seems that controlled social media will cause big problems in the future.
There are countries that have been dealing with such problems for years. As we have mentioned before, supervised social media is a new concept for our country, but it is a part of life for some countries.
Countries with Social Media Ban
There are a few countries in the world that come to mind when we say bans. These are countries that have imposed bans on areas that most of us don’t even understand why.
North Korea is almost the leading country in the world in terms of bans. There is a ban and restriction on every subject you can think of. Social media is of course just one of these areas. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been banned in North Korea since 2016. Internet access is also minimal for the public.
The second country that comes to mind when we say bans is undoubtedly China. Social media restrictions in China are one of the most comprehensive in the world. Since China has enacted these bans under many and different names, the process of objecting to the bans sets off on a winding road in terms of bureaucracy.
Although the internet infrastructure is developed in the country and its use is quite common, applications such as blocking IPs, filtering search results, deleting content and even directing anti-Chinese inquiries are used extensively.
The use of the following expression for China in recent years is surprisingly appropriate: “The Great Wall of Cyber China”.
In Saudi Arabia, which is the most developed and richest of the Middle Eastern countries, social media networks that do not overlap with religion are banned.
Some social media tools are banned in Iran for similar reasons as in Saudi Arabia.
In fact, India is not actively on this list. It has only banned applications of Chinese origin for a short time due to the border tensions with China.