Daily Sabah: ‘All social media providers have opened rep offices in Turkey’

Daily Sabah: ‘All social media providers have opened rep offices in Turkey’. “All social media providers, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Amazon, have opened representative offices in Turkey, Chair of the Parliamentary Digital Media Commission and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Hüseyin Yayman said Monday, marking a year since the country introduced new social media regulations.”

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. “Turkish police detained three nurses on Tuesday for allegedly providing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to unvaccinated people, local media reported. Acting on a tip-off, police teams apprehended the nurses who work at a private hospital in Bahcelievler district on the European side of Istanbul, said Turkey’s English newspaper Daily Sabah.”

Al-Monitor: Turkey’s plans for new social media restrictions threaten five years in prison for spreading fake news

Al-Monitor: Turkey’s plans for new social media restrictions threaten five years in prison for spreading fake news . “Proposals due to be put before parliament when it returns in October include punishment of one to five years for disseminating fake news, while those convicted of online insults would face up to two years in jail, the pro-government Turkiye newspaper reported.”

Hurriyet Daily News: Prosecutor launches probe into ‘Help Turkey’ social media posts

Hurriyet Daily News: Prosecutor launches probe into ‘Help Turkey’ social media posts. “The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a probe into social media posts that asked for foreign help with the hashtag ‘Help Turkey’ amid the massive wildfires. In a statement on Aug. 5, the prosecutor’s office argued that the posts were trying to show the country as ‘incapable’ and ‘attempted to create panic, fear and concern among the public.’”

New York Times: Why Turkey’s Regulators Became Such a Problem for Google

New York Times: Why Turkey’s Regulators Became Such a Problem for Google. “The tension between Turkey and Google reflects how growing animosity toward Silicon Valley giants is popping up even in places, like Turkey, with little history of antitrust enforcement against the industry. The efforts threaten to upend conditions — an open global internet and light-touch government regulation — that have helped fuel the growth of those companies in the past two decades. In their place could be a checkerboard of laws and regulations, where the available products and services depend on where a person logs on.”

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives. “Hate speech against refugees on Turkish social media has increased recently, with a new wave of refugee arrivals in Turkey starting as the Taliban increases the territory it controls in Afghanistan amid a US troop withdrawal.”

Ahval: Erdoğan to create social media watchdog against ‘misinformation’ spread – report

Ahval: Erdoğan to create social media watchdog against ‘misinformation’ spread – report. “The watchdog will be similar to Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), a regulatory body in charge of censoring and sanctioning broadcasts, Haber7 said, which has come under criticism for handing down a disproportionate number of fines to the country’s few remaining opposition outlets in recent years.”

Qantara: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s monitoring of the digital realm

Qantara: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s monitoring of the digital realm. “Having taken control of the traditional media, Turkish President Erdogan is now extending his reach to the social networks. A new law has been passed to rein in major digital players Twitter and Google. But the government’s attempt to dominate public opinion is producing some bizarre outgrowths, reports Ronald Meinardus from Istanbul.”

Daily Sabah: WikiLala, ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents, launches in full

Daily Sabah: WikiLala, ‘Google’ of Ottoman-Turkish documents, launches in full. “The online digital library project, ‘WikiLala,’ which brings together and aims to digitize all the printed texts from the Ottoman Empire since the introduction of the printing press, has recently launched a full version of its website which had been in beta for a while. Since its launch, the website has attracted more than 200,000 visitors from 107 countries.”

BBC: Covid: Turkey prepares for its first full lockdown

BBC: Covid: Turkey prepares for its first full lockdown. “The streets are crowded, the shopping centres busy and the traffic heavy. Some flock to the main bus terminal to get out of Istanbul, while others are trying to stockpile alcohol amid news of a ‘booze ban’. This is the mood as Turkey prepares later on Thursday to enter its first full lockdown of the pandemic, to curb a surge in infections and deaths.”

Twitter Blog: An update on Twitter in Turkey

Twitter Blog: An update on Twitter in Turkey. “In our continuing effort to provide our service in Turkey, we have closely reviewed the recently amended Internet Law No. 5651. To ensure that Twitter remains available for all who use it in Turkey, we have decided to establish a legal entity. In coming to this decision, we were guided by our core mission: defending open, public conversation and ensuring our service is available to people everywhere.”