Turkey fines Twitter over failure to remove ‘terrorist propaganda’

Turkey’s communications regulator has imposed an unprecedented fine on Twitter for failing to remove content it said praised terror and incited violence. There were no further details on the nature of the offending content, but Turkish officials have repeatedly expressed irritation over the presence of material on social media in favor of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Knife in the hand of a murderer.

President Erdogan on Twitter

The authorities have been waging a monthslong crackdown on the PKK, whose fighters have responded with deadly attacks on the Turkish security forces. This is the first time the Turkish government has fined the popular site. It has temporarily banned Twitter several times after it failed to comply with requests to remove content.

I don’t like to tweet, schmeet.

President Erdogan