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Turkey's ban on Twitter and YouTube may kill digital startups in the country

April 9
5:51 PM 2014

The government of Turkey has blocked Twitter and YouTube prompting citizens to protest and find means to be able to crash through the ruling, reported Venture Beat. The move of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not only halted citizens’ freedom of speech, it would also harm if not kill digital startups towards success, Venture Beat said.

Digital startups operate through an open merit market economy where freedom of speech is present under an independent law system along with innovation. Venture Beat said that digital startups had been existent because they are changing the status quo. However, if change is not permitted, this would cause a crippling effect that would halt a startup’s venture towards success.

However, the Prime of Minister’s move did not do any good to the progress shown by startup firms in Turkey. Newly established digital firms had been looking at a promising economy in Turkey only to be chilled with the effects of the social media outlets ban, said Venture Beat.

Turkish politicians openly supported digital startups and have even declared 70 percent tax reduction to angel investors over seed investments. Politicians in Turkey even gave generous funds and believed in the development of successful digital startups.

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