Turkey’s new disinformation law imposes threats to domestic journalism and social media

A comprehensive new law that could result in up to three years in prison for people suspected of disinformation spreading has been approved by the Turkish parliament.

Wide-ranging clauses of the contentious law, put out by the government’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), are designed to control domestic journalism and social media.

Additionally, the new law mandates that messaging services like WhatsApp, which is also owned by Meta, submit user information to the government upon request from the nation’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority.