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New Details of the Social Media Law Announced!

Ali Özkaya, the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Commission , made statements regarding the Social Media Law , which is expected to come to the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in October . According to Özkaya’s statements, he shared that crimes committed on social media will be punished by up to 5 years in prison or not using social media for a certain period of time .

Last week, AK Party Chairman and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shared that he sees social media as “a lie, terrorism and a threat”. He said these words in a speech he gave to the journalists on the plane after his visit to the TRNC, and emphasized that he continues to work on the Social Media Law.


Punishment Considered for Those Who Don’t Use Social Media!

Ali Özkaya, in his statement, stated that Germany intensively monitors social media platforms and emphasized that the warning and remove system is implemented. In this system, the content that needs to be removed is reported to the administrator of the relevant platform and a 24-hour period is given to the platform. Stating that if the sharing is not removed from the platform, a fine of up to 50 million euros will be fined, Özkaya said that citizens should be able to file a criminal complaint at a sharing point that concerns them and that the judicial process in this case is fully followed. He says he needs to move forward.

Ali Özkaya, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Commission, who once again shows the German Model as an example in the regulations regarding social media, states that a crime committed in normal life should also be considered a crime on social media, and at this point supports the introduction of penalties for crimes committed on social media.

Özkaya also emphasizes that in the German model, a prison sentence of 1 to 5 years is given for this issue. In addition, moral punishments such as not using social media platforms even for a while are among the discussions on the subject.

The goal is not to censor

Ali Özkaya, Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Commission, stated that the draft law on social media platforms has been the subject of discussion frequently in the past, and that it is claimed that social media will be censored and that their aim is not a matter of censorship.

Özkaya underlined that they focused on four main subjects in particular; these issues; He stated that terrorism, sexual crimes, fake news and an insult to the freedom of religion and conscience.


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