Turkey launches probe into ‘provocative’ social media posts over quake

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara is investigating dozens of people for what the government calls “provocative” social media posts about the deadly earthquake that jolted Turkey’s eastern province of Elazığ on Jan. 24.

The Ankara prosecutor’s office is checking 50 individuals on suspicion of “spreading fear and panic” and “insulting the Turkish people, the Turkish republic and state institutions.”

The suspects are accused of sharing fake images about the quake on social media.

Turkish authorities were winding up their rescue efforts on Jan. 24.