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Turkey PM threatens to 'wipe out' Twitter

Published on Mar 21, 2014 6:12 AM
 
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a session at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Feb 25, 2014. Mr Erdogan warned on March 20, 2014 that he would eradicate Twitter in the wake of damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle that have spread across social networks in recent weeks. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's combative prime minister warned on Thursday that he would eradicate Twitter in the wake of damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle that have spread across social networks in recent weeks.

"We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the international community says," premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an election rally in the western province of Bursa.

"They will see the Turkish republic's strength," he added.

The Internet Publishers Association, a body representing online and media companies, said the move was an attempt to "destroy freedom of expression".

 
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