Turkey’s parliament passed the amendment last July

By David Cohen

13 mins ago

Facebook said it will appoint a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in order to comply with that country’s amendment to its Internet Law No. 5651.

The amendment, which Turkey’s parliament passed last July, requires social media companies with services accessed from the country over 1 million times daily to appoint permanent representatives in Turkey and store the data of users located in the country within Turkey.

The social network said this move does not change its community standards or its global process for reviewing government requests, adding that it will withdraw the representative if it faces pressure on either of those counts.

Facebook said in a Newsroom post, “More than one-half of the people in Turkey rely on Facebook to stay in touch with their friends and family, to express their opinions and grow their businesses … We remain committed to the Turkish community and maintaining free expression and other human rights in Turkey.”