The Turkish “government” continues the attempts to get the full control of the communications of their citizens through social platforms online – and the Erdogan regime tries to let the individual online platforms like Twitter and Facebook play off each other but it seems that the Turkish regime will fail in these attempts.
Given the ongoing protest movement, which have already spread from Istanbul Gezi Park to the whole country, the Turkish government asks services such as Twitter and Facebook to cooperate with the “authorities” (regime).
As the Turkish Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım has now finally confirmed that, at least, the short message service Twitter has replied to the Turkish regime in Ankara with a “negative answer” – according to the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet (link below).
According to his representation, the answer by the social network Facebook was different and finally, the Turkish government received some “positive feedback” by Facebook.
The social network Facebook is currently in the process of “cooperating” with the “Turkish state”. However, Facebook issued a denial immediately after the first reports about this representation of the Turkish government on a so-called “positive feedback” by the heads of the social network Facebook.
The published statement by the “important social network” Facebook says the following to the claims of the Turkish regime in Ankara:
“Facebook has not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests relating to the protests.”
But for the Turkish Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım, there are still clear differences between Twitter and Facebook.
The member of the regime in Ankara stated that “Facebook has an office in Turkey” and that the Turkish authorities would easily be able to use some “legal pressure” against them in doubts. In terms of Twitter, the Turkish Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım said that the platform and company could establish a comparable structure in Turkey – but otherwise, Twitter would not be sustainable.
It sounds like a threat – let us observe the complete communications of our citizens on Facebook and Twitter or.. or what? That is the question.