Podcast: Turkish government uses troll armies to control public discourse

My latest Turkish Trend podcast for Ahval was with Süleyman Özeren, a Turkish scholar at the George Mason University and a fellow of the Orion Policy Institute. he explained how Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has utilised its youth organisations to dominate public discourse and intimidate the political opposition through social media. The research, entitled “Political Astroturfing in Twitterscape: The Role of Troll Armies in Turkey’s Democratic Backsliding” analysed 6,252 Turkish state-sponsored accounts suspended by Twitter. He also added that the youth organisation of the AKP has extensively carried out disinformation campaigns on social media. The AKP youth has been utilised to dominate the public discourse and to intimidate the political opposition in Turkey.

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