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To avoid ban in Turkey, Facebook censoring pages that insult Muhammad

To avoid a ban in Turkey, Facebook is blocking websites that "insult" Muhammad
By: Michael Hatamoto | Social Networking News | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:20 pm

In its latest bid to censor the Internet, Turkey has ordered Facebook to block pages that reportedly "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, with the No. 1 social networking bending over to the demand. If Facebook didn't follow the Ankara court's order, the government could have potentially blocked access to the social networking site.




"In comparison with Twitter and YouTube, Facebook cooperates with the Turkish authorities much better," said Yaman Akdeniz, cyberlaw professor at Bilgi University in Turkey, in a statement published by the New York Times. "Therefore, it's not surprising that Facebook removed these pages right away."


The Turkish government previously blocked Twitter and YouTube in 2014, due to published recordings linking corruption to the President Recep Tayyip Edrogan's associates. Under Edrogan's administration in Turkey, there has been a harsh crackdown on freedom of speech and social media - and the issue will likely continue in the future, as pressure mounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking sites.


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