A court in Turkey threatens to halt entry to Facebook in the country if the social media giant fails to remain compliant in censoring Facebook pages deemed to be “an insult” to the Prophet Mohammad. Turkey’s state-operated news agency, Anadolu, broke the news early this week.
The order made by the country’s court early this week followed a request by the state prosecutor, according to TRT, the state’s broadcaster. None of the Facebook management was available for comment at the time.
It was one of the recent moves in the country to cracking down online content deemed “offensive” to religious groups in the country’s Muslim population, where its President Tayyip Erdogan is leaning towards an Islamist agenda.
Prosecutors early this month kicked off an inquiry into a local paper which reprinted certain parts of French satirical Charlie Hebdo in the wake of Islamic attacks in the offices of Paris.
The decision of the court was actually referred to the country’s telecommunications authority, according to Anadolu.