Facebook blocks access to pages ‘insulting the Prophet Muhammad’ after Turkish court’s ruling

Facebook has blocked access to a number of pages in Turkey for “insulting the Prophet Muhammad,” following a ruling from an Ankara court. The move comes against the risk of the site being completely blocked in Turkey by the authorities.

The Gölbaşı Office of Penal Court of Peace ruled to block access to the pages late on Jan. 25, within the framework of a probe being conducted by prosecutor Harun Ceylan, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The court also ruled that access to Facebook would be entirely blocked if the rulings for related pages are not implemented.

The court conveyed its ruling to both the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) and the Association of Access Providers, an organization tasked with executing blocking orders as directed by TİB…

…“The region reacts whenever a shameless act happens toward the Prophet Muhammad. I greet each and every brother who defends the Prophet Muhammad here,” [PM] Davutoğlu said during his speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial congress in the city.

More details at The Daily Mail, including this: “Earlier this month following the Paris terror attacks, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would not censor content published in the wake of the attacks.”