Twitter has announced that it is introducing a new label for government officials and state-backed media organisations to help users make informed decisions. The labels will initially be added to officials representing the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, France, the UK, and the US, the company said.
Turkish gov’t determined to continue negotiations with Twitter for appointment of local representative
Turkey's ruling AKP has said that it is determined to continue negotiations with Twitter until the social media platform agrees to maintain a local representative in the country, as is required with the new social media regulation law. “I believe that both sides will solve the issue with a win-win approach,” AKP deputy chair Mahir Ünal said.
The social media bill prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), will allow Ankara to force platforms into removing any content, revealing users' identities and sharing data. According to cyber rights expert Yaman Akdeniz, the government could use the new regulation to bury all reports of corruption and remove their own photos with Fethullah Gülen.
More regulation has traditionally been in conflict with the basic principles of the freedom of speech in Turkey, and if the opposition is lured into supporting this new initiative, they will likely participate in the closure of a big part of the communication space, including its own.
A report prepared by the Freedom of Expression Association in Turkey has revealed the extent of internet censorship in the country. "We wanted to show the public the unseen part of the iceberg when we were preparing this report. The current order in Turkey is oppressive and restrictive," Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Istanbul's Bilgi University said.
Opposition leaders respond to Erdoğan’s threat to block Netflix: Let me at least watch Dark’s last season
Turkey's opposition leaders have responded to President Erdoğan's threat to shut down "YouTube, Twitter and Netflix" with humorous posts. “I would be really hurt if you shut down Netflix without me watching the last season of Dark, Mr. Erdoğan,” İYİ Party chair Akşener wrote on Twitter, while HDP co-chair Buldan said: "We were waiting for the last season of La Casa De Papel."
LGBTI people are still become the victims of honor killings in Turkey. Now that a narrative of hatred against LGBTI people is gaining traction in Turkish politics, harder days await members of the community.
In a two-minute video late Reşad Ekrem Koçu, who is an unrivaled master of popular history in Turkey, defines the Grand Bazaar as a Turkish handicrafts museum. It has been depicted as a kind of a museum in the narratives of old travelers too.
Jailed OdaTV journalist Müyesser Yıldız's attorney said that they were worried about evidence tampering. Yıldız's lawyer said that the data collected from the journalist's home wasn't properly catalogued or recorded, which leaves them open to additions.
The ruling AKP government and social media platforms have a love-hate relationship. The AKP loves using social media tools to spread its own narrative and propaganda, but they are highly disturbed that opposition voices can be so loud on the very same platforms.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) filed complaints about social media trolls who made sexual assault threats to CHP Istanbul Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. The comments against Kaftancıoğlu came after she defended Başak Demirtaş, the wife of jailed former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, who had just been the target of similar attacks.
Turkey accuses Twitter of protecting ‘terrorists’ after company removes gov’t-linked propaganda accounts
Turkey has accused Twitter of trying to protect "terrorists" and "redesign Turkish politics" after the company took down accounts linked to the AKP for pushing propaganda, spreading misinformation and attacking critics of the government. "We would like to remind this company of the eventual fate of a number of organizations, which attempted to take similar steps in the past," Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said.
Twitter disclosed on June 11 three new state-linked information operations that have been taken place on its platform this year, including one in Turkey that's linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). "Based on our analysis of the network's technical indicators and account behaviors, the collection of fake and compromised accounts was being used to amplify political narratives favorable to the AKP, and demonstrated strong support for President Erdoğan," Twitter said.
Though some of the correspondences are superficial, the coincidence of the protests in the U.S. erupting just as people here are commemorating Gezi has lead to some soul searching about the similarities and differences in state violence and racism in both countries.
The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) judicial reform package aims to hammer down on social media restrictions, silencing criticism about the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, Prof. Yaman Akdeniz said. The regulation would also mandate social media platforms to reveal users’ identities, allowing the government to prosecute individuals more, Akdeniz warned.