Efforts of Control of Political Power over the Social Media in Turkey

Abstract

Mass media can be put down with constituted rules and enforcements of economy. However the situation becomes different when it comes to social media. Controlling the social media is not quite possible. Nevertheless political power is able to apply enforcement over the social media in the hazardous times and people, who freely explain their ideas on the social media, can be punished. The political power of Turkish struggled with social media in the process of Gezi Park Resistance” which started on the date of May 31, 2013 and went on about a month. The protests of against that started in the square of Taksim spread all over Turkey by Facebook and Twitter. Social media became an important means to organize the society. When political power of Turkish recognized that protests spread, it resorted to enforcements about social media. Because of the claims of ‘subvert’, ‘sedition’ etc., political power of Turkish took some user of Facebook and Twitter into custody who showed some ways to protesters, shared slogans and caused the protests to spread and tried to make the people passive users of social media. In this study, control of political power on the social media in Turkey will be researched within the context of “Gezi Park Resistance”. The efforts for controlling the social media, which are done by illegal means will be legalized in the future and the social media which is pro-democracy will have an anti-democratic basis. It seems that social media will confront the evolution, which the traditional media has faced.



Author Information
Onur Dursun, University of Hittite, Turkey

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Conference: MediAsia2013
Stream: Media Studies

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