TikTok, Dailymotion latest platforms to appoint Turkey representative

French video-hosting website Dailymotion SA and Chinese video-sharing social network TikTok have become the latest social media platforms to appoint local representatives in Turkey to comply with the country’s social-media law.

Turkish Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Ömer Fatih Sayan announced the latest move from Dailymotion - accessed by more than 1 million people from Turkey day - on Twitter Saturday. 

“We hope for similar steps from social-media companies that have yet to appointed a local representative yet,” the minister said.

Turkey’s social media law, passed in July, requires social media platforms with over one million daily users, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to open offices in Turkey while imposing stiff penalties for non-compliance.

On Friday, TikTok announced that it would set up a legal entity in Turkey to serve as a local representative in a bid to comply with the law, a move that also welcomed by Sayan on Twitter.

"TikTok is a powerful platform that gives voice to diverse communities, and we remain focused on providing people in Turkey the opportunity to express themselves creatively through video, from sharing unique cooking skills to easy tutorials on drawing," the company said.

The Turkish government maintains the social law is an effort to protect approximately 55 million social media users in the country from what it calls disinformation. But critics have voiced concern that the country’s few remaining spaces for free public debate could be slipping into Ankara’s grip.

In December, YouTube announced that it would appoint a representative to Turkey, after the company was handed a 30 million lira ($3.83 million) fine for failing to comply with the law. 

Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube were also fined 30 million liras each.