Turkey arrests one, detains 11 over tweets on Erdoğan’s family

Turkey on Wednesday arrested one person and detained 11 over social media posts that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter and son-in-law after the couple announced the birth of their fourth child on Twitter.

A court in the southern province of Mersin has arrested a suspect taken into police custody on Tuesday, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The Mersin Chief Prosecutor’s office has filed a criminal case against the suspect on charges of "insulting a civil servant”, it said.

Another 11 people have been detained – two in the southern province of Antalya, five in Istanbul, one person each in the western province of İzmir, the southern provinces of Kahramanmaraş and Mersin and the western province of Manisa, Anadolu said. 

The alleged insults levelled at Erdoğan’s son-in-law and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his wife, Esra Albayrak, have prompted the president to act towards increasing government control of social media in Turkey.

On Wednesday, Erdoğan said his government is planning legislation that would force social media companies to establish a legal presence in Turkey, a move that could hold them financially accountable and answerable to Turkish courts.