As we have mentioned in the previous article, Webstar Turkey awards took place with Minister of Transport Binali Yildirim’s address to the audience. Yildirim’s speech lasted for half an hour and he made striking comments on Google’s tax issue. In the awards ceremony, Yildirim underlined without naming Google that tax penalty of 71 million Turkish liras issued to Google was fair, and made the below statement:
“It does not matter for us if a company is large or small. There are laws and regulations in this country and one cannot acquire illegally here. They are making a fuss because we have blocked their website. In some platforms, people are publicizing that the government does not know about these things. It is totally false. There are two people in the world that haven’t been brought to heels, and one of them are Turks. Therefore, if you are here, you should obey the rules. We do not want to be treated differently, just do what you do in Israel. I feel very aggrieved at this issue, that’s why I brought this topic up.”
Tayfun Acarer, Chairman of Information Technologies and Communications Authority, made a speech at the ceremony, saying that they have started to work on a homemade search engine, but did not give any details concerning the issue.
Minister Binali Yildirim told “We support every activity that aims to make an asset with effort. Our doors are open to the young, and we have our money, as well as our laws. We have all we need. We are going to make an announcement soon.”