Turkish courts arrested 2754 people for social media posts

Turkish courts have arrested 2754 people on charges of allegedly committing crimes for the contents that they shared on social media, since 15th of July coup attempt.

Turkey’s General Directorate of Security announced The Turkish National Police’s Anti-Cybercrimes Department’s activitie, saying: “The national police department monitors 7 days 24 hours virtual patrol activities on social media accounts which cause division among Turkish society, target certain government institutions, and spread defamation.”

12 New Units for Systematic Monitoring

“Insulting the unity of the Turkish Republic, its territorial integrity, along with all harmful actions against the constitutional order, will be punished under the relevant legislation. In order to conduct 24/7 virtual patrol activities, the department established 12 new units,” the statement read.

“Payment systems, information systems (hackings, illegal web sites, illegal games and programs), drugs, weapons (drug promotion, drug production, drugs and illegal weapons sales), DAESH (terrorist organisations abuses religion), FETÖ / PDY, PKK / KCK, YPG, extreme left terrorist organisations, insulting state elders, call for meetings, false profiles, insulting Turkishness  and religious values, organ sales, insult to Atatürk, animal violence, child abuse, illegal betting, online organ sales,” Turkish police monitors.

General Directorate of Security shares the information that, Anti-Cybercrimes Department investigated the activities of 110 thousand social media accounts. “Some 45 thousand social media users have been found guilty and 7109 of them were detained. Further 2752 suspects were taken into custody among 5582 suspects who were taken to courts, and 2828 users were released on condition of judicial control,” Turkish Police announced.

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