The social networking provider gives this person's contact information on the website in a way that is easily visible and directly accessible. The social network provider who does not fulfil the obligation to identify and notify the representative set out in the first paragraph shall be notified by the Institution.
(2) If the obligation to appoint and notify Representatives is not fulfilled within thirty days of the notification, the authority may apply to the court for the reduction of the internet traffic bandwidth of the social network provider by fifty percent.
Decisions made by the judge are sent to the authority to be notified to the access providers. Decisions are made by access providers immediately and within four hours of notification. If the obligation to appoint and notify the representative is fulfilled, the decision shall be null and void.
(3) The social network provider, which has daily access to more than one million people
from Turkey, either domestic or international, is obliged to respond to the applications to be made by individuals for the content covered by Articles 9 and 9/A of this law within 72 hours at the latest from the date of application.
(4) The social network provider, which has more than one million daily access from Turkey, either domestic or international, reports to the institution quarterly containing statistical and categorical information on the application of the decisions to remove and/or block access to the content reported to it and the applications covered by the third paragraph.
(5) The social network provider, which has more than one million daily access
from Turkey, either domestic or international, is responsible for hosting the data of the users
(6) The president shall apply administrative fines ranging from one hundred thousand Turkish Liras to one million Turkish Liras to the social network provider who does not fulfil the obligation under the third paragraph of this article.
The president shall apply administrative fines ranging from one million Turkish Liras to five million Turkish Liras to the social network provider who does not fulfil the obligation under the fourth or fifth paragraph of this article.
(7) If the content found to be unlawful by a judge or court decision is reported to the social network provider, the social network provider, who does not remove the content or block access to the content within 24 hours despite the notification, is responsible for compensation for the damages caused.
(8) In the implementation of this article, the obligations of the social network provider shall not eliminate the responsibilities and obligations arising from the provider of content or location.
(9) The procedures and principles relating to the application of this article shall be regulated by the Institution ("BTK").
The most widely used social networks as seen in the current statistics in Turkey in the world ranking as follows:
- 37 million users on Facebook
- 38 million users on Instagram
- 8.4 million users on LinkedIn
- 7.7 million users on Snapchat
- 11.8 million users on Twitter
- 28.4 million users at TikTok
All these changes mean that if the bill is carried out as it stated above, social media providers with more than 1 million users in the Turkey must establish a representative office in Turkey. Turkish Government may also ask the social media providers to carry out their advertising and marketing communications / operations in Turkey.
Furthermore, social media networks will also be obligated to report to the BTK quarterly, with containing statistical and categorical information on the implementation of decisions made to remove the content and / or blocking access. Access to more than 1 million daily users from Turkey with domestic or foreign origin social networks, users will be forced to host their data in Turkey. Social networks that do not meet these obligations will be fined from 1 million to 5 million Turkish Liras.