Turkey arrested thousands over "internet crimes" in 2017

Turkey’s national police hired 500 new digital forensics and social media experts in 2017, strengthening its "cyber patrol", state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The cybercrime department discovered 39,000 social media accounts that had violated the law, the news report said, while police investigators identified and detained 3,000 people.

1,000 of them were arrested by courts, pending trial, and 1,600 were released on bail, AA said.

Among the 12 specialised desks in the cybercrimes department, three were assigned to investigate terror organisations, the agency wrote. These were:

  • The Kurdish insurgent group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK),
  • The Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation / Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PYD), the name given by the Turkish government to the followers of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen),
  • Islamic State (ISIS).