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1,213 social media users arrested in Turkey

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Since failed coup attemp July 15, 1,213 Twitter and Facebook users have been arrested.

A total of 1,213 Twitter and Facebook users have been arrested and 818 others were released pending trial on accusations of disseminating propaganda on behalf of what the government calls FETÖ, since a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.

An investigation was launched into 10,200 suspects who were alleged to have been making propaganda for the faith-based Gülen movement after the failed coup.

With 1,213 of the Internet users jailed, 818 were released on probation.

THE GOVERNMENT ACCUSES THE GULEN 

The government accuses the movement of orchestrating the coup attempt and calls it the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) in reference to US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, by whom the movement is inspired.

A popular Twitter user posting under the name “JeansBiri” was arrested for starting a hashtag critical of the AKP, in late November. (Turkey Purge)

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