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Minister Yıldırım. AA Photo

Minister Yıldırım. AA Photo

The state's offer to cooperate with social media micro-blogging website Twitter over the Gezi Park protests has not been received positively by the company, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım said today, Anadolu Agency has reported. 

Yıldırım said the same offer had also been made to Facebook, and that the company had responded "positively" and was currently is in cooperation with the state. 

Twitter however turned down the offer, according to Yıldırım. 

Protesters often communicated through Twitter and Facebook during the protests, posting pictures and status updates at a time when mainstream media chose to give little coverage to the events. 

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in particular, was annoyed by the involvement of social media in the anti-government movement and even branded Twitter a "nuisance" to society. 

Police forces also conducted raids based on Twitter posts following the events, detaining dozens before releasing them due to the nature of their tweets, which were claimed to be provocative. Rumors of state intervention over the website have been going on since the events erupted.

June/26/2013

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mike alexander

6/27/2013 3:34:17 PM

I doubt very much that Facebook would cooperate with a dictatorship. They know better. This is plain AKP propaganda and the only way to clear the clouds is for Facebook to come out and make a statement. I am sure that the Dictators lie again !!!!

Julie Sykes

6/27/2013 9:52:12 AM

I don't believe a word of it, by boycotting facebook you would probably be playing right into their hands.

mara mcglothin

6/26/2013 7:29:55 PM

What a backward individual he is! He is the one remember that doesn't allow his wife to sit with him at a meeting with men, and makes her sit by herself. He is also the guy who couldn't attend Bosporus University because he got to "stimulated" by seeing kids sitting on the lawn together. What does anyone really expect from him, but more backward mentality. The very mentality that the AKP would like to enforce on all of us.

Leon Williams

6/26/2013 6:39:28 PM

Well said Roger and Jim.

Tekion Particle

6/26/2013 5:41:02 PM

He probably wanted twitter to help spread AKP lies and censor the truth communicated between the users.

nyob nyobb

6/26/2013 5:31:27 PM

We should ask Facebook what they mean by cooperation!

american american

6/26/2013 5:30:23 PM

that would be interfering in our internal affairs enderoglu and we know how against that akp is

Jim Phipps

6/26/2013 5:25:21 PM

Freedom of speech is a fundamental part of any democracy. Twitter is a part of that.

American Idiot

6/26/2013 4:34:45 PM

Well said Roger Harding.

K M

6/26/2013 4:23:34 PM

Nor should it be. Thank god someone's resisting this fascist extension.
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