Did you know? IRC is pretty big in Turkey. (as far as I'm aware)
If you search Turkish Google for "sohbet" (Turkish for chat/conversation/discussion), the entire first page of results are websites for IRC networks.
There's also a pretty thriving Turkish-language forum regarding IRC (running daemons, coding client scripts, etc); including self-hosted banner ads for networks and hosts: http://www.ircforumlari.net/
I bet criticising Erdogan yields swift bans, though.