Twitter deletes Turkish far-right party leader’s tweet against university protests
Twitter on Thursday deleted a tweet by Turkish far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli for violating its policy against threats.
Bahçeli, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s silent coalition partner in parliament, had said in his Feb. 3 tweet that people who joined the protests against Erdoğan’s appointment of a party loyalist as rector to one of the country’s most prestigious universities, Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University, were like “poisonous snakes whose heads need to be quashed.”
“Thus has Twitter’s Turkey policy solidified,” freedom of speech advocate Yaman Akdeniz said in a tweet announcing the deletion.
Twitter removed a tweet posted by AKP coalition MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli posted yesterday, claiming that the tweet violated its violent threats policy as the tweet referred to students as "poisonous snakes" whose heads needs to be quashed. https://t.co/8U5gZkxYvu— YamanAkdeniz (@cyberrights) February 4, 2021
In a statement released on Thursday, the MHP said Twitter had “restricted some of MHP Leader Bahçeli’s posts for his opposition to the nefarious demonstrations in front of Boğaziçi University,” state-run Anadolu Agency reported, “despite Mr Bahçeli clearly stating the difference between students and terrorists”.
The social media giant “and the powers behind Twitter” had chosen to “support those among protesters in front of Boğaziçi University who were in contact with terrorist organisations", the MHP said.
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