A total of 42,406 social media accounts were investigated and judicial action was taken against 18,376 social media users in Turkey during 2018, Turkish news site Bianet reported, citing a report by the country’s Interior Ministry.
The bulk of judicial action taken against social media users according to the report which was published on Dec. 31, 2018, was due to "conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization, promoting such organizations, declaring affiliation with terrorist organizations, inciting people to enmity and hatred, insulting state officials, threatening the integrity of the state and committing hate speech," the site said.
During recent years Ankara has, many times, come under fire for its crackdown on news and social media.
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