ReutersJanuary 12, 2021 1:15:11 am
By Ebru Tuncay
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s Competitors Board mentioned on Monday it had launched an investigation into WhatsApp and its proprietor Fb Inc days after the messaging app requested customers to agree to permit Fb to gather consumer knowledge, comparable to telephone numbers and places.
The change in WhatsApp was carried out globally, however seems to have come underneath specific scrutiny in Turkey, the place President Tayyip Erdogan’s media workplace and the Protection Ministry informed reporters that they have been migrating their WhatsApp discussion groups to the rival app BiP, a unit of Turkcell.
In a written assertion, Turkey’s Competitors Board mentioned it had dominated that the info assortment requirement needs to be suspended till the investigation is accomplished.
“The Competitors Board opened an investigation into Fb and WhatsApp and suspended the requirement to share WhatsApp knowledge,” he mentioned.
WhatsApp up to date its phrases of service final Wednesday, permitting Fb and its subsidiaries to gather consumer knowledge. The deadline to simply accept the brand new phrases is February eight.
Since then, rival messaging apps Sign and Telegram have seen a surge in demand.
In an announcement to Reuters following the Competitors Board’s assertion, a WhatsApp spokesperson denied that updating its companies would have an effect on privateness on the platform, including that the corporate remained dedicated to “delivering safe and personal communications for everybody”.
Turkey’s authorities has focused social media firms with new restrictions and fines because it handed a legislation in July that it says strengthens native supervision of international firms.
Critics say the legislation cracks down on dissent from Turks who turned to on-line platforms after the federal government tightened its grip on the media.
(Reporting by Ebru Tuncay; written by Daren Butler and Tuvan Gumrukcu; edited by Jonathan Spicer and Peter Graff)
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