ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described social media as one of the main threats to democracy. Erdogan discussed the topic in a video message to a government-organized media conference on Saturday. His government is pursuing legislation to criminalize fake news and misinformation online. Critics say the proposed changes would tighten restrictions on free speech. Pro-government media reports say that the law would establish a body to regulate social media and disseminate disinformation and fake news, criminal offenses punishable by imprisonment up to 5 years. Erdogan said he was trying to protect vulnerable sections of society “against lies and disinformation without violating our citizens’ right to receive accurate and objective information.” “.
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