Turkey Social Media

The level of internet penetration in Turkey is around 45 per cent, placing it outside of the world’s 50 most connected nations. According to one Intel study, over 71 per cent of 13 to 29 year olds live in households with a computer. Two thirds of those questioned viewed being social offline as equivalent to being social online. Three out of five people questioned had regular access to the internet (two out of five in rural areas). The report stated that Izmir had the most connected population, with almost 80 per cent of people having regular access.

However, strict internet laws make it very easy for websites to be blocked. In 2010 Reporters without Borders placed Turkey on a list of “countries under surveillance” for its attitude to press freedom. In May 2011 it reported that Turkey’s internet regulator had banned 138 internet keywords including the word free. The word pic has been banned because it may be short for picture in English, but it has a totally different meaning in Turkish. Turkey also blocks sites that mention the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

  • Under half of Turkey has access to the internet
  • Turkish authorities have strict rules on what cannot be said online
  • Turkey is one of the more socially engaged nations in the world
  • Facebook is the most popular site in Turkey, but it’s been reported that it censors certain politically sensitive words
  • Twitter is popular in Turkey, with the most popular pages belonging to prominent personalities
  • YouTube was banned for 30 months, and only allowed to operate when a Turkish language version, hosted in Turkey, was launched
  • LinkedIn membership is increasing rapidly
  • Almost 40 per cent of Google+ users are based in Istanbul

In October 2011, comScore reported that Turkish internet users spent an average of 10.2 hours on social networks that month. This made Turkey the fourth most socially engaged nation in the world. It has been reported that Turkish citizens are turning to social media channels in place of traditional media, which some feel is under more government control.

A rumour began circulation online in September 2012, stating that the Turkish government was considering blocking Facebook and Twitter at times of social unrest or disorder, but this was soon denied by official sources.

Turkish Social Media Specifics

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