Erdoğan slams Twitter again amid taxi charge outrage following ISIL Istanbul attack
ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency
AFP photoTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again condemned social media over “indecency,” following Twitter posts alleging that some taxi drivers overcharged vulnerable customers following the deadly terror attack that hit Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on June 28.
Visiting the airport and speaking to taxi drivers there on June 2, Erdoğan said he was “against social media.”
“Those who made this indecency bear it themselves. Don’t worry about these things,” he added, referring to posts on Facebook and Twitter accusing the airport’s taxi drivers of overcharging customers trying to leave the scene after the attack and injured people who wanted to be taken to nearby hospitals.
“Because of [social media] there have been many attacks targeting me as well. I am against this Twitter and all of its kind and I do not share these [posts]. I don’t use it either. There are people who use it on behalf of me,” Erdoğan added.
On June 28, 45 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured in a suicide bomb attack staged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at Atatürk Airport.