Turkey’s parliament is preparing to vote on a bill that would effectively block sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube unless they comply with strict new regulations, as Ankara significantly steps up its efforts to control social media content.

The draft legislation would force social media companies with more than 1 million daily users in Turkey to establish a formal presence in the country or assign an in-country representative who would be legally accountable to the Turkish authorities.

As much as I oppose those services and social networks, I’m opposed to internet censorship too. Good or bad, those services/social networks are a huge part of information flow and censoring them is an obvious violation of human rights and freedom of speech.

I encourage everybody to join software libre services such as Mastodon and Pixelfed which are decentralized and freedom-respecting but this doesn’t mean that I’m down for censoring internet; no matter it can help software libre or not.

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