According to the reports Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has hinted he may implement a ban on Facebook and YouTube following this month’s elections. It follows the release of leaks online that revealed alleged government corruption and embezzlement of public funds
In an interview on a late night program on private ATV television, Erdogan said he would not let social media companies capture the nation.
He went onto saying ‘measures would be introduced to crackdown on Facebook and YouTube following the elections this month.’
“There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30… including a ban. We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook.”
To query about possible of these sites, he said ‘Yes, closure included.’
Social media has been capitalized upon to disseminate links to Erdogan’s leaked telephone conversations that implicate him in corruption and graft. One of the latest leaks to emerge was a telephone conversation between Erdogan and his son where they allegedly discuss how to hide large sums of money.
Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policy has also put forward a bill that would introduce strict limits on the use of the internet and social media.
The legislation stipulates an amendment that would allow government ministers to block websites deemed to infringe privacy, as well as force internet providers to retain information on their users, for up to two years.
Erdogan is sure that the elections later this month will reaffirm the popularity of his Justice and Development Party (AK) with the Turkish people.