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Turkey is investigating 10,000 people on suspicion of using social media

epa04134461 The logo of Twitter is seen on a smartphone held besides a Turkish flag in Kaufbeuren, Germany, 21 March 2014. The social media site Twitter was blocked in Turkey early on 21 March 2014, amid an internet crackdown in the country. Some users said they could not load the site, while others were being redirected to an official website saying a court order was applying 'protection measures.'The move came just hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to 'root out' Twitter, after pushing through new legislation last month which allows authorities to shut down websites and track users' browsing histories.  EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand
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According to the BBC, Turkey is investigating 10,000 people on suspicion of using social media to support terrorism, its interior ministry has said.

They are accused of insulting government officials online, or what the ministry called “terror-related activity” on the internet.

THE MINISTRY SAID THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM WAS BEING CARRIED OUT

The ministry said the fight against terrorism was being carried out “with determination” on social media.

The authorities have held 3,710 people for questioning in the last six months.

Of those, 1,656 have been formally arrested and 84 are still being questioned.Access to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook is often blocked in Turkey, especially after bombings.

INTERNET MONITORING GROUPS BELIEVE THE OUTAGES ARE CALCULATED

Internet monitoring groups believe the outages are calculated blackouts designed to block the spread of militant propaganda.

Turkey denies this, and has blamed past episodes on spikes in internet usage after major events.

 

Internet use was severely disrupted after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead on Monday.

Reports suggest Twitter and YouTube have also slowed down since Thursday, when a video emerged allegedly showing two Turkish soldiers being burned alive by the so-called Islamic State.

 

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