There was no need for deep fakes. The opposition ignored Facebook ads, disinformation flourished there

Facebook audiences are broader and heterogeneous. The opposition seems to have ignored this. A digital strategist explains how conspiracy took over by looking at the publicly available data in this Twitter thread. Turkish lira plunges as Erdoğan claims mandate to continue divisive rule West caught between fear and hope as Erdoğan extends 20-year rule in … Read more

A video: Who’s behind the “hacktivist” network Anonymous?

Video summary by Merlin AI A profile of Commander X, an American activist who grew up in Maine and became fascinated with computers, and his impact on activism. 00:00 A movie is being made about the life of Commander X, a controversial information activist. 05:26 Anonymous was born out of 4chan and started as a … Read more

Congrats to Merve Dizdar (@merveedizdar) who won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

A little bit of good news. Merve Dizdar (born 25 June 1986) is a Turkish actress. She is best known for her roles in War of the Eltis (2020), The Innocents (2020–2022), The Life and Movies of Erşan Kuneri (2022–present), Snow and the Bear (2022), Ömer (2023–present), and About Dry Grasses (2023). In 2020, she won the Golden Butterfly Award for Best Actress for her role in The Innocents. Dizdar earned a Turkish … Read more

Tonight voters in Turkey to choose their president: Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu

We are in Kadıköy, hosting our traditional election watch program. Unlike the first round, few people are hopeful that Kılıçdaroğlu will win. Turkish voters to choose their president: Erdogan or Kilicdaroglu Turkey election live: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faces Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in presidential runoff Erdoğan hands banknotes to supporters outside Turkish polling station – video Erdoğan … Read more

One Youtube video bypasses media blackout against Kılıçdaroğlu partially. 25M views in two days

Kılıçdaroğlu on popular Youtube channel: ‘Don’t worry, we will win in the second round’ ‘He works hard’: Voters in Turkey’s quake zone backing Erdoğan in runoff Polls undecided: Erdoğan leading in two, Kılıçdaroğlu ahead in one RSF attests media system is rigged, denounces biased coverage of Turkey’s election Deepfakes, Cheapfakes, and Twitter Censorship Mar Turkey’s … Read more

Quoted in Wired: “Deepfakes, Cheapfakes, and Twitter Censorship Mar Turkey’s Elections”

Erkan Saka, professor of journalism and media studies at Istanbul Bilgi University, says the power of trolls may be overstated. The mainstream press reaches a larger audience, and much of it is friendly to the president. “The whole media establishment is in fact using disinformation,” Saka says. The full text here   Adam Tooze: Why … Read more

Disinformation from the top. “Erdoğan acknowledges Kılıçdaroğlu-PKK video may be ‘manipulated’

Erdoğan acknowledges Kılıçdaroğlu-PKK video may be ‘manipulated’ Throughout his election rallies, the president has showcased a video montage falsely insinuating that the PKK supports his rival in the presidential vote. Anti-refugee leader endorses Kılıçdaroğlu in Turkey’s presidential runoff vote there are five ways that Kilicdaroglu will try to beat Erdogan in the upcoming run-off elections. … Read more

The highest bidder gets Mr. Oğan

The third candidate in the presidential election, Sinan Oğan was open to negotiations for a position, and it seems that Erdoğan has promised him more. Of course, Mr. Ogan will attribute Turkish nationalism idealistically, but like many other nationalist leaders, his allegiance can be bought. Devlet Bahçeli is way more experienced in that. If one … Read more

Erkan’s recent media apperances

I collect all links here Turkey opposition clings to hope in upcoming election second round –     19 Mayıs’ta ‘Gençlik’ nereye doğru gidiyor? – 24 Saat Gazetesi       May 16, 2023     Erdogans ledning krymper i takt med rösträkningen       May 16, … Read more

The next Turkish president will be determined in the runoff elections. A few notes

We had quite an exhausting night. At around 3 am, I decided to quit and return home. Thanks to the municipality’s offer, we were organizing our traditional election watch program, this time in Kadıköy. Here are some sincere notes. We, the opposition elements, have a data problem. As of 23:43, a friend affiliated with AKP … Read more

Counting begins now! This is the election day #TurkeyElection

So far, so good. Mostly in Kurdish areas, there were reports of irregularities but the day so far goes smoothly. CHP İstanbul’s Chairperson cites examples of irregularities at ballot boxes BUT it is a relatively smooth day!  Green Left Party supporters find themselves registered as Patriotic Party balloting committee members Turkey votes: Your guide to … Read more

Duygu Karataş: “How Oppo­si­tion works. On the upco­ming Elec­ti­ons in Turkey (2023)” #TurkeyElection

Part 4 of the Blogseries about the elections in Turkey in May 2023. Find part 1, part 2 and part 3 here. In this post, we will discuss the social media strategies of the opposition parties until the elections from November till May both based on interviews and online ethnographic work by presenting social media activities and materials of the … Read more

One of the biggest attention seekers of Turkish politics withdraws from the presidential race.

Muharrem İnce is one of the most untrustable politicians in the field, and his candidacy mostly helped Erdoğan’s chances. Despite him,  Kılıçdaroğlu’s chances increased in the last weeks, and with another show, after seeing his chances were slim, Mr. İnce decided to quit. However, we will still see his face on the ballot papers as … Read more

The Konda poll shows Kılıçdaroğlu close to victory in first round #TurkeyElection

Turkey elections: Kılıçdaroğlu close to victory in first round, says poll The opposition candidate’s voting rate is above 49 percent while Erdoğan is lagging behind, according to the KONDA poll. The opposition candidate’s voting rate is above 49 percent while Erdoğan is lagging behind, according to the KONDA poll. Supreme Election Council bans the police … Read more

DW Documentary: “Osman Kavala: Imprisoned in Erdogan’s Turkey”

The Turkish human rights activist and arts patron Osman Kavala has been in prison since 2017. The philanthropist, who campaigns for democracy and the rule of law in Turkey, is regarded as a public enemy by the Erdogan government. Osman Kavala is the founder and chairman of the arts and culture foundation Anadolu Kültür and … Read more

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