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Turkey PM says YouTube, Facebook could be banned

Published on Mar 7, 2014 8:45 AM
 
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a session at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Feb 25, 2014. Mr Erdogan has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal.

Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already tightened his government's grip over the Internet, generating criticism at home and abroad about rights in the EU-hopeful country.

"There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30...including a ban (on YouTube, Facebook)," Mr Erdogan told private ATV television in an interview late on Thursday.

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

 
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