Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has identified 31,000 previously unknown ByLock users, among whom are employees of important public agencies, according to the state-run TRThaber news portal.
According to the daily, the new list will soon be submitted to the Ankara Prosecutor’s Office for a formal indictment.
Turkish government believes using ByLock is a sign of being a Gülenist as they see the mobile phone application as the top communication tool among the group.
Since the last year’s coup attempt, which was, the government claims, masterminded by the Gülen group, tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers, businessmen, teachers, civil servants etc. have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK), at least 102,000 people have so far been put behind bars over alleged use of the app.
“A list of 102,000 people has been sent to us from courts. We have prepared reports and met the demands of the courts one by one, whichever court has the investigation files of these people on the list,” Ömer Fatih Sayan, the head of BTK, told the pro-government Sabah daily in June 2017.
The list includes people from police forces, military, judiciary system, education system and top state institutions.