Turkish parliament administration restricts Netflix following heavy usage during work hours

Members of Turkish parliament could not access popular streaming platform Netflix on Thursday, the Diken news website reported.

After parliament deputies complained about having difficulty accessing the internet, assembly administrators said they expanded a restriction first imposed on administrative personnel in March 2020 to the rest of the state institution after they discovered lawmakers were heavily using Netflix during work hours, and as a result did not produce sufficient work, according to Diken on Friday.

The administrators also stated they have applied various restrictions on access to movie and TV websites since 2019, and that the latest curbs were not connected with recent discussions about controlling social media.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that his government would introduce regulations to control social media platforms or shut them down after he said his family was insulted online.

An investigation has been launched by the parliament administration into the complaints about internet access, Diken said.

 

(A previous version of this article had given the impression that Turkish parliament had legally banned Netflix, rather than Netflix being restricted at the state institution. Ahval regrets any confusion on the matter.)