Posted by: bluesyemre | June 5, 2017

The rotten #politics infecting Turkey’s #SocialMedia


Despite its benefits, social media is also full of pranksters, scammers, bots and trolls. And it only gets worse when politics is involved—particularly in Turkey.

Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Şafak, known for its pro-government coverage, announced last week that their official Facebook page, with 10 million likes and the perceived influence that goes with them, was suddenly removed by Facebook “without any notice or reason.” Calling it a politically motivated “censorship,” the daily portrayed Facebook’s move as an international plot to silence Turkish media, blamed rival political groups for conspiracy, and was quick to have government’s Internet authority on their side condemning the U.S. company for “restricting the freedom of communication.”

It was a sly move coming from the Turkish government, which tops the global censorship record by sending thousands of content removal requests to Facebook and Twitter, mostly for political criticism and government misconduct. And it highlights broader problems with online free speech in Turkey.

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