It is now official: the Turkish Minister states their intention “to intervene” social media services…#SosyalMedyadaSansüreHayır
…and he is very upset because this might be called as “censorship”
This seemingly well intentional policy decision is in fact an explicit declaration of censorship. Many in the government circles had expressed their anxiety over the uncontrollable nature of social media in recent months. The PM Erdoğan is known to hate social media and frequently teases social media users. The government has already installed centralized filtering system.
This policy should also be considered in a larger context. Turkish government has been actively controlling mainstream media channels for a few years now. There are taxation threats, there are ways of feeding the media owners with non-media revenue channels, or in extreme cases there are many jailed journalists. New media in general and social media in particular is the only media venue where the control is limited. Now comes the time that authoritarian Turkish government moves onto social media control.
Unfortunately dark days ahead for us…