Turkey Fines Twitter

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Current Affairs: Turkey has imposed a fine of TRY 150,000 ($50,700) on Twitter for allowing the publication of content deemed to justify terror.

The Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey informed that, despite repeated warnings, Twitter failed to withdraw content “praising terrorism, targeting the security forces and inciting hatred and violence”.

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Turkish officials have repeatedly expressed irritation over the presence of material on social media in favour of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The authorities have repeatedly imposed temporary blocks on Twitter and other social media during times of crisis.

Turkey blocked Twitter and YouTube in March 2014 after they were used to spread a torrent of audio recordings implicating the prime minister and his inner circle in an alleged corruption scandal.

That ban on social media was later overturned by the country’s top constitutional court.