Facebook digitocides against the opposition in Turkey

Some weeks ago, the Minister of Transportation, Binali Yildirim had announced that Twitter did not respond positively to a “cooperation” agreement to determine and spot those who get involved in criminal activities through expressing their views online, while Facebook seemed to cooperate.

Following the agreement, important opposition pages such as citizen-journalism, leftist, Kurdish, Alevi religious or LGBT pages were closed down on Facebook for no valid or irrelevant reasoning (some of the news sources’ closing down reason was stated that they share pornographic content), together with dozens of pages which reflect an alternative to government’s rhetoric on the internet.

In order to protest this process of silencing down opposition voices on Facebook, many users have been involved in a series of digital protests mainly involving twitter hashtags, penguin spamming (of Facebook’s official page), ad boycotting, and lastly a 24 hour account deactivation boycott on 21st of July. Even after these Facebook does not seem to have heard the voice of Turkish opposition and repeatedly closes down reserve pages of the same titles (which used to have hundreds of thousands of followers), this time not even giving a reason.

The government-leaning hackers have been bombarding the social media platforms through use of excessive number of fake accounts, organizing spam-attacks and filing complaint reports about opposition pages stating that they are promoting sexual content. As Facebook has been avoiding any involvement in fighting hate speech and instigation to violence on hate groups, it actually now contributes to the ongoing digitocide happening in cyber-lands of Gezi Park.

Among the pages that have been closed down are Ötekilerin Postasi (the biggest citizen journalism platform in Turkey that has broken the news of many big events that mainstream media shunned from covering), DurDe (an unofficial NGO that aims to prevent hate speech and hate crimes), BDP (one of the parliamentary parties, representing mainly the Kurdish population in the country), Carsi (football fans of mainly Besiktas). All these groups and pages in total welcomed millions of users who do not give up and continue to “like” the new pages.

The original source: http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com/2013/07/30/digitocide/

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