Turkey, Twitter to discuss issues in Dublin

Friday, May 16, 2014

Twitter's management will hold a meeting on May 20-22 in Dublin with Turkey's information technologies authority

Twitter's management will hold a meeting on May 20-22 in Dublin with Turkey's information technologies authority

ANKARA – A team of senior officials from Twitter's management will have a meeting on May 20-22 in Dublin with representatives from Turkey's information technologies authority to discuss the current problems between the two parties.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the head of Turkish Information and Communications Technologies Authority, Tayfun Acarer said the precautions that Turkey has taken with cyber security to protect its citizens and institutions should not be seen as an intervention in the running of the internet in the country.

Acarer stated that due to the vulnerability of cyber security, the publication of some people's private and intimate images on the Internet can lead to drastic measures been taken by those affected even to the ending of their life.

Ankara and Twitter's management will discuss the opening of an office in Turkey, as well as the blockage of offensive content on Twitter and issues relating to taxation at the Dublin meeting.

Turkey and Twitter have been on unfriendly terms due to the popular microblogging site's failure to implement Turkish court decisions that ordered the removal of certain web links on the grounds of privacy violations.

Twitter's unwillingness to act in accordance with the rule of law in Turkey led the country's telecoms regulator TIB to block access to the site in March. This was restored on April 3 after the Constitutional Court ruled that it was a violation of freedom of expression.

Twitter does not have an office in Turkey despite Turkish authorities' requests for it to open a local branch. In April, Colin Crowell, the company's head of Global Public Policy and his delegation met representatives from Turkey's information technologies authority to discuss problems between the two parties and the possibility of the company opening an office in Turkey. 

Lufti Elvan, Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication said that as a result of the meeting, Twitter would take concrete steps regarding the decisions of Turkish courts on some Twitter accounts and added that the meeting went well and concluded positively. 

“We have a good dialog with Twitter at the moment which we did not have in the past.” Acarer said.

 On April 19, Twitter withheld two Turkish accounts, Bascalan and Haramzadeler333 Twitter accounts, which were accused of violating personal rights and privacy.   

Their suspension came into effect, five days after a team of senior officials from Twitter’s management visited Turkey.

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