In 2016, months before a coup attempt, Turkey moved censored content on the Internet more aggressively, as posts on social media increased the number of prosecutors for Mr. Erdogan’s insult. At the same time, loyal trolls of the government used social media platforms to attack critics and journalists.
In 2017, the country shocked many international observers when it banned Wikipedia, which was lifted only last January.
Last summer, Turkey granted its media regulatory authority control over streaming services, including entertainment sites such as Netflix.
Netflix, the most prominent streaming service in Turkey, has already run into difficulties with Turkish censors and has had to edit the content of its Turkish-made programs, removing cigarettes and blurring suggestive gestures.
Last week, Netflix canceled its fourth Turkish production a day before it was scheduled to begin filming, after the Turkish Media Regulatory Authority refused to allow filming. Screenplay writer Eise Yourken said that the authority had refused permission for the series “If Only” due to a gay character in the series. Netflix opted to cancel the entire series rather than change the content, she said.
The issue of social media content took a personal turn recently, when Mr. Erdogan’s newborn grandson – his daughter’s fourth child, Esra Albairek, and Berat Albairek, who are also Finance Minister – Insults on various social media platforms.
On July 1, Erdogan told party officials, “Those places where lies, defamation, assaults for personal rights, character murders are going wild, must be planted.”