YouTube to set up legal representative in Turkey
- 16 December 2020
In line with a new law, YouTube on Wednesday announced it will set up a legal entity in Turkey to serve as a local representative, providing a local point of contact for the government, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
This step toward compliance with Turkey’s recent social media law will not change how it reviews content removal requests, nor will it change how it handles or holds user data, the popular video website said in a statement.
The move, which it said will not compromise its values, came after analyzing Turkey’s recently amended internet law, said the statement by YouTube, which is owned by web giant Google.
Turkey's new social media law came into effect on Oct. 1, obliging social media platforms accessed over 1 million times per day in the country to hire local representatives.
"YouTube respects the laws and regulations in the countries where we operate, while maintaining our commitments to freedom of expression, access to information, and transparency," said the statement.
The company stressed its commitment to its Turkish users, creators and business partner, saying it will continue to preserve the platform’s vibrance and openness.