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Turkish government mulls restrictions on social media

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Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2013-06-18

Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Güler (pictured) confirmed Monday that police and government are looking into the use of social media as a tool to organise the Gezi Park demonstrations that have swept the country for nearly three weeks.

The Turkish government on Monday launched a study on restricting social media, a move inspired by the Gezi Park protests that have spread across the country.

The Justice Ministry has started working on a draft on crimes over the Internet, ministry sources told the "Hürriyet Daily News". “International implementations regarding the issue are being inspected,” the source said.

Remarks Monday by Interior Minister Muammer Güler confirmed that social media websites are on the government’s radar, as the protests that have plagued the country for nearly three weeks have used social media as a tool to organise demonstrations.

The police are looking into the issue, Güler told a group of journalists in Ankara, noting that some people had been detained in İzmir because of their allegedly provocative tweets during the protests.

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Date created : 2013-06-18

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