Turkish Authorities Top For Twitter Censorship

Twitter has evolved to become an important outlet for political discussion, debate and commentary. The platform was notably put to use to successfully organize anti-government protests on numerous occasions, and as Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, this put some world leaders on edge, unsurprisingly leading to some countries clamping down on the network's content.

Twitter's latest transparency report shows the number of content removal requests made by different countries as well as the share that were granted.

Infographic: Turkish Authorities Top For Twitter Censorship  | Statista

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In the first six months of 2017, Turkey was the most controlling of Twitter content, making nearly 2,000 removal requests between January 01 and June 30. 11 percent of those requests were granted to some extent.

Turkish authorities detained thousands of people after last July's failed coup with President Tayyip Erdogan clamping down on what he percieves as illegal online activity for years.

Russia also has a long history of attempting to silence Putin critics and it comes second, making a total of 1,213 removal requests up to June 30th.

In the first six months of the year, 90 percent of all removal requests came from just four countries - Turkey, Russia, France and Germany.


Byte Me Thu, 09/21/2017 - 04:36 Permalink

"In the first six months of the year, 90 percent of all removal requests came from just four countries - Turkey, Russia, France and Germany."

Because in Britain and the US - they don't ask...

moorewasthebestbond Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:01 Permalink

If you told me in back in 2007 that Twitter (which only gained any attention because it allowed cell phone blogging via SMS text in the days before Andriod/iOS smart phones) would become a global deep state news outlet and spy tool, I would have laughed in your face (and been dead wrong).

Last of the Mi… Thu, 09/21/2017 - 06:30 Permalink

All social media is deep state propaganda propaganda for the masses. What else is new. Most of them have been since their inception. The idea of a "gamed" political system like currently exists in the US having any form of social media without near constant political input for desired outcomes is preposterous. It's just too easy, you dump the propaganda on social media and it's immediately uptaken by the masses with near perfect belief for the large percent of the population who is not politically active. But hey, there's great pictures of your neighbors damn cat along with any other useless social interaction completely void of any form of critical thinking skills. Reminds me of an old Greyhound advert modified slightly. "Leave the thinking to us" Nothing describes social media more than that.

OutaTime43 Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:04 Permalink

By the way, the 55% share of requests granted for Russia is because they are trying to shut down terrorist communications in the south. It has nothing to do with political opinion, etc. Turkey's 11% shows clearly that most of the requests are politically motivated. 

OliverAnd Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:36 Permalink

No surprise whatsoever for this banana 'republic'; in fact if you dare and travel into the heart of Turkey east of Ankara there are many Turks that still swing from tree to tree refusing to learn about Darwinian evolutionary theory.