Turkey threatens to ban YouTube and Facebook

Summary: The Turkish Prime Minister may block sites such as YouTube and Facebook to curb the damaging disclosures fueling new allegations of corruption.

Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to restrict social media sites after local elections in a process of tightening government control of the Internet. “There are further steps we’re preparing to take after March 30,” the election date, Mr. Erdogan said in a live broadcast by the pro-government channel ATV.

Mr. Erdogan is embroiled in a corruption scandal, widely discussed on social media sites. Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has come under pressure 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” attempt by his rivals ahead of key local elections on March 30. Although just hours after that Turkey president reassure that reversing course on civil liberties was “out of the question.”

Erdogan has accused loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, an influential Muslim cleric of orchestrating the graft probe.