Turkey scrutinizes Armenian genocide propaganda on social media
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULMay 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 06, 2015 12:00 am
Analyzing social media data about a massive campaign accusing Turkey of committing an Armenian "genocide," experts at a state-run cybersecurity agency found the campaign was orchestrated abroad and Twitter accounts were mysteriously suspended after April 24, centenary of the so-called genocide.
Experts from a state-run company operated by the office of the Defense Undersecretary examined social media accounts conducting a campaign against Turkey, calling it to recognize the 1915 deaths of Armenians as genocide. The comprehensive study found out tweets and blogs in connection with the propaganda were directed by a few websites based abroad and social media accounts opened before April 24, centenary of the incidents, were mostly suspended after that date.
The study focused on Twitter accounts and how they directed social sentiments on the issue in what was called the first large-scale data analysis in Turkey on social media.
English and Turkish content between April 18 and April 28 was examined for sentiment analysis or how people reacted to remarks by important figures on the matter. U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to not to use "genocide" in his commemoration of the deaths boosted positive sentiment among Twitter users while European leaders' participation in the event to mark the centenary in Armenia led to a negative sentiment in the Turkish Twittersphere.
According to the analysis, a systematic propaganda campaign was underway on the social media website. Tweets supporting the Armenian side that calls for recognition of the genocide were properly sent under a campaign by several websites and hashtags on the issue, and again was the work of the same websites and "centers." The accounts used in the campaign suddenly closed after April 24.