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Turkey’s incredible algorithm designed to root out Gulenists

Turkey is expanding its use of software that analyzes an exhaustive array of aspects of people's lives to determine whether they might be members of the Gulenist movement.

Turkey's military is getting creative in its efforts to fight the Gulen movement, which is said to have been behind the military coup attempt in 2016. This month, the army will join the navy in using an algorithm designed to ferret out Gulenists among their ranks.

The movement was founded by Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in exile near Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, trying to avoid extradition. The Turkish government refers to him and his followers as the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization, or FETO. It's no surprise, then, that officials have named the ambitious algorithm the Fetometer.

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