Arrest over ISIS propaganda on social media in Turkey

Turkey announced to take legal action against hundreds of people over the weekend on charges of “spreading propaganda” of the Islamic State (ISIS) while arresting one, in the southeastern city of Kahramanmaraş where the organisation's sympathisers mostly populated, Turkish news outlet Bianet said on Friday.

Turkish police detained one person named M.A. in the district of Pazarcık in Kahramanmaraş over the charges of propagandising for ISIS on Sept. 28. 

The Ministry of Interior has also announced that 430 social media accounts are under investigation and legal action was taken against 344 social media users in operations conducted between Sept. 17 and 24 according to Bianet.

Turkish authorities have intensified operations due to social media posts since the coup attempt in 2016. 346 social media accounts which shared posts about the exchange rate of the US Dollar were investigated on Aug. 12, 2018, according to General Directorate of Security. 

Turkish police arrested hundreds of social media users who had criticised Turkey's military operation to the northern city of Afrin in Syria. Turkey also detained a total of 150 people for “spreading terrorist propaganda” on social media about its military campaign against a Kurdish militia in Syria since the operation began in January, Reuters said.

Recently, the authorities also arrested German, Australian and French citizens due to their social media posts. From case to case, the political tendencies of the accused people changes but the charge of "spreading terrorist propaganda" remains.