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Turkey's government plans to ban social media

Social Media ban in Turkey
Social Media ban in Turkey
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Apparently if people's opinions don't go the way Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants, he said, he will make plans to ban social media. Although Turkey President disagreed with such harsh reactions.

It was reported yesterday, March 7, that Erdogan wanted to back track to a government that controls the Internet. Does Erdogan have a vendetta against social media because he continues to be called out on accusations for conflict of interest? This seems to be the case.

Apparently there are accusations that Erdogan had been talking about easing construction zoning ordinances so he could receive two villas for his family. It was reported that SoundCloud was used to leak this conversation, and was later no longer available to people in Turkey.

SoundCloud is just the tip of the iceberg with Mr. Erdogan. Apparently once the information disappeared, publishers used other social media outlets to showcase the corruption footage that he may be involved in.

In a live broadcast Erdogan made it clear that he has a take down plan for social media sites. Essentially he plans to ban social media.

There are further steps we’re preparing to take after March 30...

Some are talking about YouTube, Facebook, this and that. Some of my friends and I remain determined about this; we will not allow this nation to be devoured by YouTube, Facebook or whatever. We will take necessary steps in the firmest way.

Perhaps Erdogan is looking to finalize a media sweep the country has apparently been undergoing. Recent reports indicate the country has deported journalists who criticize the Turkey government. And now they plan to ban social media.

But not everyone agrees with these acts of dictatorship.

The United States does not agree with Turkey's ideas, and "any suggestion that social media sites could be shut down, as the Internet law is implemented," is of concern.

While Turkey's Lutfu Elvan, communications minister, has a different perspective.

"Illegal videos..., and insults against a country's prime minister and president," he said, something needs to be done regarding this. He added, we have punishment for crimes in the real world, and we need to look at crimes for the virtual world, according to the Dogan news agency.

Wonder what will happen to Turkey's social media outlets?