Twitter is a tax evader, says Turkey PM Erdogan
Following the short-lived Twitter bar in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan vowed to clampdown to the firm saying it’s evading tax.
He added that social networking were getting used to work against Turkey’s national interests.
It is available in the aftermath of leaks of alleged government corruption across internet sites.
Turkey’s prime minister says he’ll follow Twitter for ‘tax-evasion’
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still has it set for the website, following a Turkish court ruling resulted in a ban being lifted and after it had been used to distribute information critical of him.
Turkey’s prime minister appears to be buying method to stop Twitter in his place, stating in a televised speech Saturday the microblogging support is just a tax evader which his government will follow it.
“Twitter, facebook, and Facebook are global organizations recognized for-profit and earning money. Twitter reaches the same time frame a tax evader. We shall pursue it,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, based on a study by news agency AFP. “These organizations, like every global organization, will follow tax principles, regulations, and my state’s constitution.”
Twitter was prohibited by Erdogan’s government last month in a runup to elections, however the ban was later removed after Turkey’s supreme court decided that it interfered with individual rights and free-speech. The judge also ordered that the facebook ban be lifted (with 15 films to stay unavailable), but to date the federal government has not quit blocking that site.
The restrictions need to do with published information critical of Erdogan’s government. Tracks appeared on Twitter that presumably taken his daughter and Erdogan in corrupt activities, discussing how to cover huge amounts of money. Erdogan called the tracks “phony.”
And facebook was shutdown following the appearance of the recording that apparently captured government officials referring to just how to justify air strikes against Syria. Turkey’s foreign ministry said the recording was altered and was a “first-degree threat to national security,” based on Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.
Erdogen said Saturday the supreme court’s determination about the Twitter bar “amounts to interference in politics” and supporters “industrial regulation of international businesses in the place of protecting the rights of its particular people and its nation.”
AFP reports that Erdogen’s comments come each day following the court annulled a controversial term in a law “providing the justice ministry better control on the appointment of prosecutors and judges.”
Earlier this week, Erdogen said the ruling about the Twitter bar “didn’t provide justice” and may be “corrected.” And on Monday, Google announced that it’d previously filed three applications in Turkey in an effort to overturn the facebook bar, apparently arguing the stop is “overbroad” and demanding it “centered on freedom of speech.”
In March, the White House released a statement condemning Turkey’s obstruction of “use of essential communication tools.” Press-Secretary Jay Carney said, “We oppose this reduction about the Turkish people’s use of data, which undermines their power to exercise freedoms of association and expression and runs counter to the principles of open government which are crucial to democratic government.” Carney also said the White House had communicated its concerns for the Turkish government.
Twitter declined to discuss Erdogan’s Saturday speech.