Turkey: Social media law’s passage raises censorship worries – STLtoday.com

In environments where people share their personal, daily lives like Instagram, I dont believe interference is right, Aslan said. But on channels like Twitter, where people can easily be misled, to be honest, I think regulation is the right thing to do.

But Tugrul Calis, 62, disagreed. An avid social media user, Calis said he wouldn't want to break the law.

So what do you do? You automatically self-censor. And thats the worst: A person not being able to freely share his or her thoughts, to censor ones self, Calis said

Cyber-rights activist, lawyer and academic Yaman Akdeniz warned: These measures will have a chilling effect on Turkish social media platform users and people will be scared to use these platforms because Turkish authorities will have access to the users data.

Rights groups and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights came out against the bill Tuesday ahead of the vote, with Amnesty International calling it draconian.

If passed, these amendments would significantly increase the governments powers to censor online content and prosecute social media users. This is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression online and contravenes international human rights law and standards," Amnesty International's Andrew Gardner said.

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