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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the microblogging website Twitter as “trouble” in a television interview today, daily Radikal has reported.

“There is a trouble called Twitter. Unmitigated lies are there [on Twitter],” Erdoğan said. “The thing that is called social media is a troublemaker in societies today.”

He criticized false tweets being posted on Twitter, saying that people were being misinformed by lies when they did not catch subsequent corrections.

June/02/2013

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Tekion Particle

6/3/2013 9:04:54 PM

Incredible arrogance, I think it is the wrong time in technological history to have aspirations to be a dictator because it is very difficult to lie to people. In the old days you had to blackmail and control 3 mediums, TV, Radio and Press. The internet is out of reach to threaten with imprisonment or closure plus you have the smart phones with video capability which can upload stuff to the internet instantly. You have to feel for RTE he may have succeeded lets say 20 years ago. Unlucky RTE.

DutchTurk JANICAR

6/3/2013 8:07:35 PM

There has been made a compilation of top 10 twitter lies regarding Gezi Park unrest, all highly disturbing, using pictures from incidents all across the globe and placing them as if it just happened at the Gezi Park. Some even used photoshop to hide the details. PM order the secret service, just how the UK did during the riots, to arrest the ones promoting violence via social media like twitter !!!! They do that 24/7 here in West Europe, so you want to join EU right? arrest those hyena's NOW !

Al Rashid

6/3/2013 7:56:16 PM

This is the same argument British political leaders used in last years civil unrest in London and other major cities. They even managed to secure convictions and jail sentences for those using social media avenues for inciting more trouble. I am afraid democracies and so called freedoms are not all they are cracked up to be especially when in reality they are under the all seeing eye of the plutocracies. Ask the Greeks and Irish, oh and the Spanish too.

mara mcglothin

6/3/2013 6:34:45 PM

AMERICAN And RTE would have us believe that he is holding back his 50%????

american american

6/3/2013 3:13:30 PM

the real trouble makers are the 'erdogan youth', who last night threw a brick through our apartment building door in order to break in and try to fight some pots and pans bangers!

Vargen Vargen

6/3/2013 2:53:13 PM

It is in situations like this you realize the importance of free information. The PM can NOT stop information through new media, like he has been able to do by attacking and threaten traditional media.

Basil Keilani

6/3/2013 2:37:15 PM

Sam Stevens, leave Israel out of this. Israel is a horrible country, nothing to be proud of. While I don't like Erdogan at all, there's nothing to be proud of in defending an apartheid, racist state. An authoritarian Erdogan doesn't make an apartheid Israel any cleaner. People should follow human rights no matter what including your people.

cemal ahmet

6/3/2013 2:32:45 PM

Twitter is a troublemaker: Turkish PM .............is it true SAMET ? PMSL.(pissed my self laughing)

The Prisoner

6/3/2013 1:14:07 PM

Facebook, Twitter and even Linkedin have marked your card Mr PM, you are now under the watchful eyes of the world.

Michael Johnson

6/3/2013 8:31:14 AM

Twitter is the light that shines on your transgressions Mr. PM. Get used to it, it isn't going away.
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