Twitter Criticized in Turkey for Protecting Protesters

Authorities are asking the company to provide user data

Twitter is winning some major privacy protection bragging rights these days. It was one of the companies notably absent from the PRISM document, and it is fighting and losing for the right of its users to stay private in France.

And it's doing the same in Turkey, where, once again, the tool played an important role in the protests that have been sweeping the country for the past couple of weeks.

Authorities have been cracking down hard on the protesters, only resulting in even bigger protests. The authorities have also tried to get data from Twitter and have already arrested several people for the tweets they made.

Obviously, Twitter refused to comply with the request, not in the least, because it doesn't even have a presence in Turkey.

This is now being attacked by authorities who are trying to argue that the company should have a legal entity there, since it's doing business in Turkey.

Of course, this isn't really about taxes, but about control. If Twitter had offices in Turkey, it would be subject to Turkish law, meaning it would have to comply with requests for user data. Meanwhile, police vows to use every tool at its disposal, including tweets, to go after protesters.

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