Turkey is investigating 10,000 social media users suspected of supporting terrorism online and has arrested more than 1,000, the country’s Interior Ministry announced December 24.
The crackdown, which comes amid ongoing purges of those suspected of supporting this summer’s coup attempt, is causing concern among rights groups and some allies. The country has formally arrested 1,656 people for supporting terrorist organizations or insulting officials over social media, the ministry said in the same announcement.
December has been a tragic month in the country, as terrorists have targeted police and soldiers through car bomb attacks in Istanbul and Kayseri. Forty-four were killed in a shooting and bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in June, and 50 were killed in a suicide bombing at a wedding in August.