Twitter’s number two meets Turkish officials over ban requests

Turkish officials have asked Twitterand’s Vice President and Global Public Policy Head Colin Crowell to conduct a more efficient struggle against fake accounts and users propagating terrorism.
Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) Deputy Chairman andOmer Fatih Sayan met with Crowell in Ankara on Wednesday to request Twitter to ban or block accounts that the government considers provocative of terrorism.
In a written statement, the BTK underlined that Turkey has repeated its request that Twitter open a bureau in the country in order to make monitoring fake accounts easier, adding, andquotTwitter, and other social media networks, should be considerate of Turkeyand’s concerns about Turkish and international law being obeyed.and”
andquotWe have stressed the importance of implementing the rulings made by Turkish courts, as well as the necessity of dealing with fake accounts. Twitterand’s official has been informed about Turkeyand’s concerns over the use of such platforms for the promotion of terrorism,and” the statement continued.
In the companyand’s latest transparency report, Twitter announced that Turkey makes the most content removal requests than any other country, underlining that the microblogging company is closely following the governmentand’s pressure on social media.
Turkey banned access to Twitter in 2014, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister, vowed to and”eradicateand” the site following the circulation of leaked recordings that implicated him and members of his inner circle in a sweeping corruption scandal that erupted with a wave of detentions on Dec. 17, 2013.
The ban was lifted following a Constitutional Court decision.
Since then, Twitter has been using its Country Withheld Content tool to respond to Turkish requests for the removal of content, although it has also been challenging some of the orders in Turkish courts on the grounds that the requests violate freedom of expression.


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