Turkey PM Says Facebook and YouTube Could Be Banned

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could ban Facebook and YouTube, which he says have been abused by his political enemies, after local elections on March 30. Erdogan is trapped in a power struggle with the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who he says is behind "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the Internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle. "We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," Erdogan said in an interview with a Turkish broadcaster. Asked if the possible barring of these sites was included in his planned measures, he said: "Included."

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