Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called social media a major threat to democracy. Khabar Al-Jazeera.
Erdogan’s government plans to pass legislation to make it a crime to spread fake news and misinformation online. But critics say the proposed law would tighten existing restrictions on freedom of speech.
Erdogan said that when it comes to social media, it was welcomed as a symbol of independence. But now it has become “the source of one of the major threats to democracy today.”
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“It is important to make the public aware of this in order to fight against misinformation and propaganda from within the framework of truth,” he said. I am trying to keep the people of the part safe. ‘
Erdogan said the lives of millions of people were “in the dark” because of the news spread through these media because there was no effective control system.
A law was passed in Turkey last year. According to the law, social media platforms with 1 million users must have a legal representative and information storage system in the country. Then companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter opened their offices in Turkey.
According to pro-government media reports in Turkey, the proposed new law provides for a maximum sentence of five years in prison for spreading false information and news. In addition, a body will be set up to oversee social media under the new law.
The government controls most of the leading companies in Turkey. For this reason, the only way to express different views in the country is through social media.