Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey has said that YouTube and Facebook have been abused by his political opponents and he might consider banning these after the local elections in Turkey on March 30.
Erdogan is presently engaged in a power struggle with a Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who is based in U.S. Gulen was an earlier ally but now Erdogan beleives that he is behind the audio recordings circulating on the internet revealing corruption by his family and inner circle. Erdogan said while talking to Turkish ATV:
“We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook,” and when asked by the reporter if banning these services was an option, he said: “Included.”
Erdogan claims that these audio tapes are an effort to discredit him. However, Gulen has denied any allegations that he is behind these recordings and is using his followers to spread these on the internet to influence power politics in Turkey.