YouTube has removed a music video that, according to a Turkish court, encouraged drug use and criminal behavior, the Haberler.com news website reported.
Mary Jane, a rap song by a Turkish rapper named Burry Soprano, has been taken off Youtube after the 44th İstanbul Court of First Instance has ruled that its lyrics encouraged narcotic use.
In addition to the song’s removal, Burry Soprano has reportedly been detained and interrogated by İstanbul police in late October.
In a related development, Turkish police on Thursday detained 47 people including two owners of a famous YouTube channel as part of an investigation into the encouragement of drug use on the Internet, the Diken news website reported.
Police raided houses early in the morning in 29 provinces after the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 88 people.
Among the detainees were Emre and Erdi K., brothers who own a YouTube channel with almost 850,000 subscribers that produces short parody videos.
Other social media personalities were detained in October for allegedly promoting drug use in their blogs and videos.
In May famous Turkish rapper Ömer Sercan İpekçioğlu, known as Ezhel, was arrested on accusations of promoting drug use in his songs, which were mostly written about poverty and urban life in Ankara.
He was released pending trial in June.