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GOVERNMENT PURSUING CONTROL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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TURKEY – The AKP government officials requested Twitter to set up an office in the country. Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday that without a corporate presence in the country, the Turkish government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to take down content or with requests for user data.

“When information is requested, we want to see someone in Turkey who can provide this. There needs to be an representative we can put our grievance to and who can correct an error if there is one,” he said.

“We have told all social media that if you operate in Turkey you must comply with Turkish law,” Yildirim said.

Binali Yildirim told the journalists that they have not seen a “positive approach” from Twitter after Turkey issued the “necessary warnings” to the site.

“Government cannot deal with an 8-hour time difference and call them over the phone, internet, or e-mail each time. We need someone local to contact when we have something to say, something that needs to be corrected.

Having made the necessary warnings, we did not receive a positive response. Facebook has been co-operating with Turkish authorities for a long time, they have a presence in Turkey. We have no problems with them, and Twitter will probably comply too. Otherwise this is a situation that cannot be sustained,” he said, without elaborating.

The AKP government, previously pressured Google into opening an office in Turkey last October after blocking YouTube – a Google subsidiary – from Turkish Internet users for two years. Facebook also have been working with Turkish authorities for a while and have representatives inside Turkey.

An official from the ministry, declared that the government had asked Twitter to reveal the identities of users who posted messages deemed insulting to the government or prime minister, or that flouted people’s personal rights.

However, Twitter refused to comply with the request. Facebook  also said in a statement that it had not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests over the protests and said it was concerned about proposals that internet companies may have to provide user data.

While mainstream media in Turkey largely ignored the protests during the early days of the uprising, social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook emerged as the main outlets for citizens who opposed to the government.

 

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