Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube over alleged corruption leaks

March 7
5:02 PM 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey, wants to submit a law that will let the government ban Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites even without a court order, according to VentureBeat.

The Guardian cited Erdogan telling Turkish media firm ATV: "We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook. We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way."

According to Erdogan, his political rivals have been abusing social network sites. He also singled out Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullam Gulen in the US who allegedly fabricated voice recordings that revealed corruption in his group. He said the recordings are part of a black propaganda against him related to the March elections, the report explained.

Gulen, however, denied Erdogan's accusations, the report added.

Turkey has already blocked several social media sites in the past. Some of these incidents occurred just last year. Twitter and Facebook have also been previously banned in the country, VentureBeat reported.

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