Social network providers submitted their first reports to BTK

Social network providers submitted their first reports to the Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) regarding the applications to remove content and block access for alleged violations of personal rights.

The Law No. 7253, known as the “social media law” in the public, on the “Amendment of the Law on the Regulation of Broadcasts Made on the Internet and Combating Crimes Committed Through These Broadcasts” entered into force on 1 October 2020.

According to the information obtained by the AA correspondent, social network providers with daily access of more than 1 million from Turkey submitted their first reports to the BTK as of yesterday evening, while fulfilling their obligations to appoint representatives under the said law. The authorities of the institution will make a compilation and analysis of the incoming reports and data.

The first report was made by social network providers regarding the applications of natural and legal persons, institutions and organizations claiming that their personal rights were violated. The report includes statistical and categorical information on applications to remove content and/or block access.

Within the scope of the law, social media companies respond to applications made in Turkish in Turkish.

The social network provider responds to applications regarding violations of personal rights and privacy within 48 hours. Social media companies will publish a report on the applications in question every 6 months.

Despite the court decision, social networks that do not remove illegal content within 24 hours are liable for the damage.

In addition, social media companies are obliged to take the necessary measures to keep the data of users in Turkey in Turkey.