Zuckerberg notes Turkish ‘Ataturk law’ as Facebook updates rules

Zuckerberg referred to laws protecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg referred to defamation laws in Turkey in a discussion about the global social network’s new content policies on what is considered appropriate to share.

Zuckerberg pointed to laws protecting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, as an example of “different legal and cultural environments” in which Facebook operates, according to a report by the Hurriyet Daily News Monday.

“Every country has laws limiting certain expression, and these are often shaped by culture and history. For example, Holocaust denial is prohibited in Germany. Content that defames Atatürk is illegal in Turkey. In many Muslim countries, content regarded as blasphemous is banned as well,” Zuckerberg said on his own Facebook page Sunday.

“Governments sometimes order us to remove content they believe is illegal but that doesn’t violate our community standards. We provide information about these orders in our Global Government Requests Report,” he added.

The newspaper cited a report by Facebook saying that Turkey is second in the world in terms of the amount of content restricted on Facebook due to government requests, following India.

A slight increase in government requests for account data in the second half of 2014 was recorded, the report also said.

The 1.39 billion-member social network updated its “community standards” late Sunday, providing specific examples of content prohibited under its general rules against direct threats, hate speech and criminal activity.

While Facebook has long forbidden groups it deems to be terrorist organizations from posting content on its service, the company specified that it will remove content that expresses support for such groups or praises their leaders.

Facebook also made clear that images “shared in revenge or without permission,” often referred to as “revenge porn,” are forbidden.

[With Reuters]