Twitter Denies Rumors: Won't Give Ankara Details on Users

Struggle between Turkey and social media-savvy malcontents appears to be escalating, if anything.

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A Turkish national flag is seen through a Twitter logo in this photo illustration.
A Turkish national flag is seen through a Twitter logo in this photo illustration.Credit: Reuters

As the Twitter wars rage in Turkey and rumors spread that the social-media site might give the Turkish authorities information on users, the website took time to reassure Turks that it would do no such thing, the Turkish media site Hurriyet reported on Monday.

"Twitter remains committed to defending the privacy of our users in #Turkey – we won’t betray their trust,” the site wrote to users in both Turkish and English.
On Saturday, one day after slapping a ban on using Twitter in Turkey, Ankara elaborated its view that Twitter was "biased" and had been used for "systematic character assassinations" of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.

The next day President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended the ban, saying it was necessary for reasons of national security and that the social media sites have to respect Turkey's laws, according to AFP.

If anything, it seems the Turkish authorities may be stepping up their struggle with malcontents on the social media. C|Net reports that Google declined to delete YouTube clips critical of the president.

The Turkish authorities blocked Twitter late on Thursday, hours after Erdogan vowed to "wipe out" the social media service during the campaigning period for local elections on March 30.

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