Facebook to appoint Turkey envoy to comply with media law
Media freedom advocates view the law as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's effort to limit political discourse and stifle dissent -- a drive that gained added momentum after he survived a failed coup in 2016.
But Facebook said its decision did not mean it was changing the way it handles government requests to take down content.
It said its representative would be withdrawn if Facebook felt it was being forced to compromise on its principles and community standards.
"We would like to underline the importance of our platform as a place where users can exercise their right to freedom of expression," Facebook said in a statement.
They require platforms with more than one million unique daily users to appoint representatives who can handle court orders to take down offending content within 48 hours.
Facebook's continued refusal to appoint an envoy threatened to see its bandwidth cut by 90 percent in May.
Turkey's deputy minister for infrastructure Omer Fatih Sayan tweeted that Monday's decision also covers Facebook-owned Instagram.
Access to websites and content had already been partially restricted in the nation of 83 million people before the latest regulations entered into force.
Twitter last year listed Turkey -- along with Russia and Japan -- among the top three countries responsible for 86 percent of all requests to take down posts.
The Chinese short videos app TikTok said it would open a Turkish office earlier this month.
Twitter has not yet announced a decision to name a Turkish envoy.