Turkey’s online social media army is slamming the UAE and Israel increasingly

The army of social media accounts cheering on Turkey’s invasions and threats against Israel, the UAE, Greece, Armenia and other countries has been rising again since June.

Over the past few years, any journalist or commentator who is critical of Turkey’s foreign policy or who appears to cover groups like Kurds has become accustomed to being subjected to social media harassment by pro-Turkish accounts , especially on Twitter.

Most of these accounts seem to be fraudulent, have just a few dozen or hundreds of followers, and tend to retweet the same results, typically the President of Turkey ‘s speeches or slogans of militarism.

Turkey has an army of fake accounts

More than 7,000 Twitter accounts were associated with Turkey’s ruling party in June. Since then, it appears that the army of social media accounts cheering on Turkey’s invasions and threats against Israel, the UAE, Greece, Armenia and other countries has again expanded. The number of such accounts is demonstrated by the widespread persecution of Turkey-following reporters, Turkish dissidents and anyone who criticises the President of Turkey or the recent participation of Ankara in the war against Armenia.

There are certain commonalities in the accounts. Most include photos from the history of Turkey, including sultans such as Abdul Hamid II, or often symbols such as the Grey Wolves that are related to far-right groups in Turkey. As symbols, the pages almost always have Turkish flags, similar to right-wing pro-Trump Twitter users who use the American flag in their social media tweets and profiles.

A new trend in the troll army of Ankara is that Azerbaijani flags will be included among the users and those of other countries they consider allies, including other Muslim states with a crescent flag similar to that of Turkey, such as Libya. They do not seem to use the flag of Malaysia because it contains stripes identical to those of the Stars and Stripes of America.

THE PRO-Ankara social media abuse campaign has also begun targeting UAE accounts that support ties between Israel and the UAE or are critical of Turkey. A recent post from a famous account in the UAE, for example, received hundreds of seemingly organised responses from the pro-Turkey army.

In order to intimidate opponents and showcase Turkish drone attacks, Ankara utilises social media. Apparently, these photos are intended to aid drone sales, as Ankara has become one of the world’s leading producers of armed drones and has used its Bayraktars in Syria , Libya and, in Azerbaijan’s hands, against Armenia. Recently, it has said that it will sell them to Ukraine.

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