Turkey’s embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a raft of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already tightened his government’s grip over the Internet, generating criticism at home and abroad about rights in the EU-hopeful country.
“There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30… including a ban (on YouTube, Facebook),” Erdoğan told private ATV television in an interview.
Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has come under mounting pressure since last week, when audio recordings were leaked in which Erdogan and his son allegedly discuss how to hide vast sums of money.
The Turkish premier dismissed them as a “vile” and “immoral” montage by rivals ahead of key local elections on March 30.
A series of other online leaks showed Erdoğan meddling in trade deals and court cases.