Turkey’s antitrust board launched an investigation into Facebook Inc. and its messaging service WhatsApp Inc. over new usage terms that have sparked privacy concerns.
The regulator also said it was halting implementation of such terms, it said on Monday. The new terms would result in “more data being collected, processed and used by Facebook,” according to the statement.
However, skeptics are concerned over whether the probe is another move by the government to curb dissent. Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan has been tightening the government's control over social media for the last couple of years under the guise of "eradicating immorality". Last year in July, he told the members of his Justice and Development Party, “Do you understand why we are against social media such as YouTube, Twitter and Netflix? To eradicate such immorality.” Whether this is genuine criticism of WhatsApp's updated policy, remains to be seen. However, things should become clearer once the probe develops in the coming months.