Turkey PM Erdogan threatens to ban Facebook and YouTube


Source: BBC

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Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government could ban Facebook and YouTube, arguing that opponents are using social media to attack him.

But President Abdullah Gul later called such a ban “out of the question”.

Allegations of corruption against Mr Erdogan have been repeated on the social media sites.

The leaks included a phone conversation in which, allegedly, he and his son discussed how to hide huge sums of money. Mr Erdogan called it a montage.

His Islamist-rooted AK Party faces key local elections on 30 March.

“We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook,” Mr Erdogan told the Turkish broadcaster ATV.

“We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way.” Asked if that could include barring the social media sites, he said: “Included.”

He said the two sites were being used for “all kinds of immorality, all kinds of espionage”.

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  1. In the light of what has been happening in Turkey over the past many months and with ongoing and ever increasing delusional blame game of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against Hizmet founded and transformed Turkish civil society that helped him succeed as a prime minister for 3 terms. During his 3rd term things went wrong with his mental health ( I believe)and he became power drunk .He started calling the Turkish civil society he works for as a parallel government.

    Having transformed Turkish civil society over the 4 decades, Hizmet movement not unlike the Ahmadiyya global movement has become established as a global social, educational and altruistic service movement spanning close to170 countries over the past two decades. It promotes peace, love and harmony worldwide including democratic universal and pluralistic values. It is non-political faith-based civil society movement.

    In Turkey where Hizmet originated, it has been rooted for about half a century and has become an integral moral conscience and a strong civil society. As a civil society in turkey, it has an obligation to help weed out any corruption and wrong doing regardless of where it stems from. It is a watchdog over any government and its institutions in Turkey. All political parties and politicians in Turkey need to understand this new civil society.

    I remain genuinely concerned about Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s mental health. I believe, he could be suffering from a progressive mental health issue and a penal of mental health experts could help him regain better health for the future. He was indeed a highly respect-worthy and an exceptionally successful leader until not too long ago and I wish him best of health. His political career in my view is over never the less. As an outside observer and a well-wisher of the Turkish people of a brotherly Muslim nation, I believe Turkey will be better off without him in the political realm.

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