Trolls again… Özgür Özel of CHP exposes ‘troll army of Interior Minister Soylu’

Some of my major recent work focuses on pro-government political trolls. I have tracked them since the Gezi Park protests, and alliances within the troll community have continuously changed. Pro-Soylu Ebabil group gradually became a contender to the so-called Pelikan group in recent years.
Here are my writings on this topic (chronologically):

Saka, E. (2022). Researching Political Trolls as Instruments of Political Conservatism in Turkey: A Historical Framework and Methodological Reflections on a Discourse Community. In The Routledge Companion to Media Anthropology. Routledge.

Saka, E. (2021). Networks of Political Trolling in Turkey after the Consolidation of Power Under the Presidency (pp. 240-255). In Digital Hate. The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech. Indiana University Press.

Saka, E. (2019). Social Media and Politics in Turkey. A Journey through Citizen Journalism, Political Trolling, and Fake News. Lanham: Lexington Books 

Erkan Saka (2018): Social Media in Turkey as a Space for Political Battles: AKTrolls and other Politically motivated trolling, Middle East Critique, DOI: 10.1080/19436149.2018.1439271

Karatas, D., & Saka, E. (2017). Online political trolling in the context of post-Gezi social media in Turkey. International Journal of Digital Television, 8(3), 383-401. doi:10.1386/jdtv.8.3.383_1


Group Deputy Chairman: “Gendarmerie and Security General Directorate tweets responding to CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu were posted by the person managing the troll army. Minister Soylu has a troll army of eight thousand.”

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