Dozens of high profile Twitter accounts were subject to cyber-attacks that included swastikas and threats amid a diplomatic spat between Turkey and some western European countries.
Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused a various mainland European countries, including Germany and Netherlands of “fascist actions” reminiscent of Nazi times after Turkish politicians were banned from speaking at events in the country.
The diplomatic conflict took to new levels when hackers took hold of a number of Twitter accounts, to spread their message in support for Erdogan’s remarks. Even the accounts of Starbucks Argentina were included.
The same message was pasted on other, more political accounts like Amnesty International and the European Parliament.
Turkey is set to hold a referendum on 16 April which would allow for a constitutional overhaul giving Erdogan the ability to run for two more terms in office.
— Peter Zuidema (@srcr) March 15, 2017
Twitter users took to their profiles to post many polarising opinions on the hack that shook the social media website.
@RT_Erdogan April 16, God willing,
the beginning of Turkey's best.??
— ابوعزوز القحطاني (@aboazooooz2011) March 14, 2017
Sultan Erdogan is not holding back any more. ?
— Asim (@Theawesomeasim) March 14, 2017
Turkish citizens called out their western European counterparts for what they believed were double standards
You may be against Erdogan but this doesn't mean that you turn a blind eye on the rise of fascism in Europe.
— İlhami Işık (@dunya20101) March 15, 2017
Victims of the cyber-attacks, especially high profile organisations and individuals felt compelled to address the disruption in their accounts head on, while others kept calm and acted as though nothing had happened.
Good morning. We briefly lost control of this account earlier, but everything is now back to normal.
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) March 15, 2017
Hi everyone – we temporarily lost control of this account, but normal service has resumed. Thanks.
— BBC North America (@BBCNorthAmerica) March 15, 2017