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Turkey PM Erdogan compares social media to 'murderer's knife'

Published on Aug 14, 2014 9:10 PM
 
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the party headquarters in Ankara on Aug 14, 2014. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, Aug 14, 2014, launched a blistering new assault on social media, comparing the likes of Twitter to a "scalpel in the hand of a surgeon" and a "knife in the hand of a murderer". -- PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched a blistering new assault on social media, comparing the likes of Twitter to a "scalpel in the hand of a surgeon" and a "knife in the hand of a murderer".

Although many other world leaders are enthusiastic Twitter users, Mr Erdogan has long scorned social media, especially since anti-government protests last year and a torrent of corruption allegations against his circle.

"I don't speak via social media. I don't like to tweet, schmeet, because you know what they cause in society," Erdogan told regional heads of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara.

"I compare them to a scalpel in the hand of a surgeon, and a knife in the hand of a murderer," he said.

 
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