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Security guard arrested for insulting Erdoğan on social media

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K.D., who works for a private company at İstanbul Atatürk Airport, was arrested for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media on Saturday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report, K.D., who works as security guard, was arrested by the court after a police interrogation.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs announced last month that 10,000 people are currently under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

The ministry also stated that in the last six months 3,710 social media users were investigated, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation.

The ministry further said that cooperation with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and national and international service providers has been carried to the next level.

With new state of emergency decrees issued by Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on Friday, police were given the authority to directly access information on the identity of Internet users.

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