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Turkey takes legal action against 313 social media users in one week

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The Turkish Interior Ministry has announced that a total of 514 social media accounts have been investigated while legal action has been taken against 313 social media users due to their posts in the past week, the gazeteduvar news website reported on Friday.

In a statement from its website the ministry said legal action was taken against 313 social media users between July 2 and 9.

The social media users face charges such as disseminating the propaganda of a terrorist organization, openly mentioning their links to a terrorist organization, fomenting hatred and enmity among the public, insulting high-ranking state officials and targeting the state’s unity as well as public safety.

Legal action against Turkish nationals as well as foreigners over their social media posts is common in Turkey, where the government is receiving widespread criticism for silencing dissent and curbing freedom of speech.

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