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Turkey’s military coup is playing out in real time on Facebook Live

The revolution will be livestreamed.


Andrew Couts


Unnumbered Turkish citizens took to the streets in the early hours of Saturday morning as members the country’s military staged a coup d’état—and it all played out in real time on Facebook Live

Hundreds of Turks launched Facebook Live video streams showing widespread demonstrations as the country teetered on the edge of chaos. Using Facebook’s mapping feature, users can flip through streams as easily as you would channel surf, allowing anyone to gain a first-person view of history as it happens.

Turkey‘s government throttled access to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, effectively blocking easy access to the social media services, soon after members of the Turkish Armed Forces seized control of government buildings, the state-run television station, airports, bridges, and more, in an attempt to take over the country. 

Turks are able to circumvent internet throttling and censorship through the use of privacy tools like Tor.

On Twitter, Turkey’s national police urged citizens to take back the streets from the military, reports Daily Dot contributor Efe Kerem Sozeri

While far from the first service to offer easy livestreaming capabilities, Facebook Live has quickly taken the mantle as the most disruptive. In the U.S., the service saturated the national conversation earlier this month after it was used to livestream the aftermath of a police shooting and the massacre of five police officers in Dallas

To find feeds from Turkey, click here and look for Turkey on the map. Each blue dot is a Facebook Live feed. Click the blue dots to choose which stream to watch.

Update 6:25pm CT, July 15; 2:25am, July 16, Ankara local time: A leader of the military coup has reportedly surrendered, according to Reuters. A military helicopter that reportedly shot countless police was also reportedly shot down.

At 3:05am local time, the country’s state TV station was reportedly retaken.

But 40 minutes later, it appeared that CNN Turkey was taken off the air by soldiers.

Soon after, though, CNN Turkey began to broadcast again

Update 9:47pm CT, July 15; 5:47am, July 16, Ankara local time: According to the Ankara attorney’s office, dozens are dead. 

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