Turkey urges Twitter to open country office

Since the Arab Spring, in 2010, Twitter has been identified as an important communication tool by protesters around the world – including, currently, in Brazil. And, in an apparent attempt to curb the potential of the microblogging network at country events, Turkey asked a company to set up an office there.

“We said to the social media that if you operate in Turkey you must respect Turkish law,” informed the Minister of Transport and Communications, Binali Yildirim, according to the Reuters.

At the beginning of the anti-government demonstrations, the local media ignored what happened, but services like Twitter and Facebook were instrumental in bringing what was happening to the world. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan went so far as to describe them as a “scourge” used to spread lies.

During this wave of protests, dozens of people were arrested in the country on suspicion of inciting riots through social networks.

Twitter Government Policy Censorship twitter

Leave a Comment