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Turkey plans to ban Facebook and YouTube

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Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could ban Facebook and YouTube for which he think have been abused by his political enemies.

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Mr. Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who he says is behind a stream of "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the Internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.

"We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," Mr. Erdogan said in a late night interview with the Turkish broadcaster ATV. Asked if the possible barring of these sites was included in his planned measures, he said: "Included."

Mr. Erdogan said the release of his purported conversations is part of a campaign to discredit him. Gulen denies any involvement in the recordings, and rejects allegations that he is using a network of proteges to try to influence politics in Turkey.

Mr. Erdogan's problems began in earnest last year with the outbreak of the Gezi Park protests, and a corruption scandal at the highest levels of his government, putting continued leadership in serious jeopardy.

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