Erdogan imposed ‘digital coup’ in Turkey to hide alleged corruption

PakistanTribe.Com-Picture courtesy RT
PakistanTribe.Com-Picture courtesy RT

WEB DESK – Believed to be worried from social media outrage against alleged government corruption, Turkey’s government had imposed ban on twitter, however, despite ban 1.2 million tweets were sent utilizing alternate services.

Turkey’s general population, specially the youth, came on roads to protest against the ban on famous social media website by the government.

Government also threatened to block other websites as well including Facebook. The opponents of such acts had termed it as a ‘digital coup’ and a blatant attempt to silence corruption allegations against government in the run-up to local elections.

According to the international media resources, including The Wall Street Journal, Google declined Turkey’s request to remove YouTube videos that allege government corruption. The Wall Street Journal claimed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government asked Google in recent weeks to block certain videos from its site in Turkey. Google refused to comply, given it believes the requests are legally invalid.

According to the details, the videos which Erdogan wanted to be taken care of include the alleged recording of a conversation in which he (Erdogan) tells his son to hide money from criminal investigators. Erdogan called the popular videos fake, claiming they are part of plans to oust his government.

Prior to the Twitter block, Erdogan, while on the campaign trail Thursday, vowed to ‘wipe out’ the social media site, no matter what the international community might think. Turkey’s local elections are scheduled on March 30.

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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