Turkey: Erdogan filter on social media triggers investigation

Erdogan filter on social media triggers investigations

The President of Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP/dpa

The President of Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan. photo

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There are many filters on Tik-Tok that can be used to create videos. A new filter with Turkish President Erdogan is now causing trouble in the presidential palace. The Attorney General's Office has already taken up the matter.

Because of videos on social media with a filter showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shows, the authorities have initiated investigations.

The Istanbulians Attorney General's Office initiated steps for "insulting the president" against those responsible for the "insulting" video, as reported by the state news agency Anadolu.

The video shows people holding or counting wads of cash. As soon as the Turkish president suddenly appears from behind in the form of a filter, they take their money to safety, annoyed. "Get your foreign currency and gold from under your pillow," Erdogan is heard to say. An indication that in the past the president had repeatedly encouraged the Turkish population to deposit their savings in banks to prop up the ailing Turkish lira. According to Turkish media, the video was created on Tiktok and then quickly spread on social media.

The authorities are currently checking which users have created or shared the videos, a spokesman for the Istanbul Prosecutor General's Office confirmed to the German Press Agency. The basis of investigations Article 299 of the Criminal Code, which provides for prison sentences of up to four years.

Most recently, the Turkish government was accused of wanting to expand control of social media. The opposition fears that the so-called disinformation law will lead to stricter censorship on the internet. The Turkish parliament is expected to vote on the draft law in the next few weeks.

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