Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan warns of a future ban on Facebook and Youtube
Erdogan's statement threatens to further embroil the prime minister and his Justice and Development Party in an unpopular and damaging scandal. (AFP/File)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan created a stir throughout the country on Thursday by suggesting that the government has plans to ban social media sites such as Facebook and Youtube, AFP reported on Friday.
Erdogan's statement follows the release of audio recordings online in which Erdogan and his son allegedly discuss ways in which to hide large amounts of money. Other leaks purportedly show Erdogan interfering in court cases and trade deals.
The prime minister told ATV televion in an interview on Thursday that "there are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30... including a ban (on YouTube, Facebook).”
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost credibilty in recent months after a high-level corruption scandal was uncovered, with some of Erdgoan's key business and political allies among those ensnared.
Erdogan has been criticized perviosly by critics within Turkey and abroad for interent restrictions already put in place, AFP reported.