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Facebook has denied having agreed to share data regarding postings on the Gezi Park protests with the Turkish government, as had previously been stated by Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım.

“Facebook has not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests relating to the protests,” the company said in a written statement today. 

“More generally, we reject all government data requests from Turkish authorities and push them to formal legal channels unless it appears that there is an immediate threat to life or a child, which has been the case in only a small fraction of the requests we have received,” the statement added. 

Yıldırım had said today that unlike Twitter, Facebook had responded “positively” to their request. 

“Facebook has been working in coordination with the Turkish authorities for a long time. They have a unit in Turkey. We don’t have any problem with them. Twitter could also establish a similar structure. Otherwise, this is not sustainable,” Binali told reporters.

His statement had immediately caused a huge reaction among social media users, with some even calling to boycott the massive social network website.

Facebook also stressed that the draft bill on social media that would oblige companies to share data with authorities had also created uneasiness. It said company executives would raise the issue during a meeting with Turkish government representatives this week in the United States. 

“We are concerned about legislative proposals that might purport to require Internet companies to provide user information to Turkish law enforcement authorities more frequently,” the statement said.

Facebook had reviewed the many comments of users prior to the official statement, Turkish media reported.


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6/27/2013 9:41:16 AM

In one condition folks destroy all the weapons you and your gangs possess and prove us then only we will cooperate .. " FACEBOOK"

Michael Johnson

6/27/2013 7:40:32 AM

Positively, meaning FB didn't respond with an insulting hand gesture and a boot to the backside.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

6/27/2013 2:29:46 AM

Was minister lying then?

Mehmet Ungrateful

6/26/2013 9:32:02 PM

All the lies come out in the end. Will they stop at nothing. This government is not only corrupt but incapable and not trustworthy.

British Chapuller

6/26/2013 9:00:16 PM

Again another shining example of the AKP's lies lies lies!!! Why do they think they can tell lies about their own people, about their own country and about outside organisations such as this latest example in Facebook and get away with it?? YOU DO NOT CONTROL THE WORLD AKP....and it seems you do not even control your own minds right now cause everyday in everyway you are are making it known to the world how you are losing the plot and losing it royally!!

mara mcglothin

6/26/2013 7:50:57 PM

Once again -brain in rewind---mouth in fast forward. Just because some backward individual says it is so, does not make it the truth. Bravo FACEBOOK for calling him a liar, which is essentially what they have done. In the nicest of possible ways:)

Aryeh Rapaport

6/26/2013 7:45:20 PM

Facebook should not cooperate with Turkish authorities on this issue! Is Turkey like China which censers everything even what people think? Its enough that the news agencies didnt report fairly on protests hence kept quite but now Turk govt wants to control what people say? Enough is enough. Everyone should be free to speak their mind and damn any authority who tries to stop it. If Turk govt is worried of false posts- let there be a free media to report honestly!!!
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