Facebook blocks pages insulting Prophet Mohammed in Turkey

Social networking site Facebook has reportedly blocked some pages that seem to insult the Prophet Mohammed following orders by a Turkish court.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015, 20:21 PM IST
Facebook blocks pages insulting Prophet Mohammed in Turkey

Washington: Social networking site Facebook has reportedly blocked some pages that seem to insult the Prophet Mohammed following orders by a Turkish court.

Facebook acted to comply with orders from a Turkish court that asked the social networking site to shut down the offending pages in order to avoid blocking access to the entire site.

The court ruling was issued late Sunday at the behest of a local prosecutor in Ankara, country's capital.

The move comes amid this month's attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, believed to have been carried out in response to cartoons of Prophet Mohammed published by the magazine on its cover page.

Only week after the massacre, the magazine once again published a cartoon of a weeping Prophet, sparking outrage across the Islamic world.

The new Charlie Hebdo cover was condemned by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan on Twitter, where he accused the publishers of “disregarding the sacred.” He termed the move an “open incitement and provocation.”

Turkey has in the past blocked Twitter and YouTube. Last year, the country restricted access to Twitter and YouTube after the sites leaked government documents and recordings.

Facebook, which boasts of 1.35 billion monthly active users worldwide, presently has 31 million users in Turkey.

(With Agency inputs)