(4-10-20) TURKEY: Law Proposed, National Control of Social Media Platforms—

…[T]he government had taken measures against 4,186 social media accounts. Some 667 users have been identified and are being detained…”

“Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy group chair Özgür Özel has said the government wants to control social media platforms with this bill [“called the ‘Draft Law on Amendment in Some Laws'”]. ‘It seems that many communication applications, the most well-known being WhatsApp, will be under the control of the state,’ he said at a press conference on April 9 and claimed that the AKP was after ‘opportunism’ in the pretext of the struggle against the novel coronavirus.


“Meanwhile, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said social media was being used with aims of ‘misinformation’ and to ‘deceive the public.’  Speaking in a televised interview on late April 9, Soylu said the government had taken measures against 4,186 social media accounts. ‘Some 667 users have been identified and are being detained and a large part of them are unfortunately abroad. So FETÖ, DHKP-C and the PKK are in an effort to create chaos, to undermine confidence and to stir worry in Turkey,’ he said.”

hurriyetdailynews.com

—- Salt—-

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

—Francis Bacon,
Of Goodness (1597)

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