Turkish PM to ban Facebook

Turkish PM to ban Facebook

TURKEY’S embattled Prime Minister has warned that his government could ban YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already tightened his government’s grip on the internet, generating criticism at home and abroad about rights in the country, which still has aspirations for EU membership.

“There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30 … including a ban (on YouTube and Facebook),” Mr Erdogan told ATV television yesterday.

His ruling Justice and Development Party has come under mounting pressure since last week, when audio recordings were leaked in which Mr Erdogan and his son appeared to discuss how to hide vast sums of money.

Mr Erdogan dismissed them as a “vile” and “immoral” montage produced by rivals ahead of local elections on March 30. Other online leaks showed Mr Erdogan meddling in trade deals and court cases.

The government has been shaken by a high-level corruption scandal that erupted in mid-December and ensnared the Prime Minister’s key political and business allies.



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