Turkish P.M.: Twitter to Blame for Protests

    Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speak to the media in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, June 3, 2013. Erdogan on Monday again dismissed street protests against his rule as actions organized by extremists, qualified them as a temporary blip, and angrily rejected comparisons with the Arab Spring uprisings. Appearing defensive and angry, and cutting a disconnected figure, he lashed out at reporters who asked whether the government had understood "the message" by protesters airing grievances or whether he would soften his tone.(AP Photo)


    Watch your words, Tayyip Recep Erdogan, you do not want to mess with your people’s Internet. The Turkish prime minister said on Sunday that Twitter and other social media are to blame for his country’s growing unrest, saying that his opposition had provoked the protests and it had grown through social media. “There is now a menace called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” Or, you know, a way for people to organize. Tens of thousands have joined in the country’s protests over the past week, which began as a call against the government’s plan to raze a tiny park in Istanbul but has grown as a rally against Erdogan’s rule.

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