Turkey’s president to control social media over an insult on his family

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The president of Turkey has vowed to add restrictions on social media due to an insult that was directed on his daughter and son-in-law who is also the Finance Minister when they announced the birth of their fourth child, Hamzah Salih, on Twitter.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned that he will impose new legislation by the end of the year to put strict measure against immoral social media posts.

He also said his government is in the process of introducing legislation that would force social media companies to acquire a legal presence in Turkey.

The announcement of the newborn baby Hamzah Salih was followed by messages that were disrespectful to the family and also questioning the paternity of the child. In response, Erdogan said they were in the process of investigating who attacked his family and the newborn baby.

The Turkish leader also blamed the social media companies that have headquarters outside Turkey, for overlooking the violations in Turkey.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said some of the users of the social media platform have been held up overnight for presumably posting insulting tweets.

Opposition politicians are among the many Turks who rallied in support of the President’s family and condemned the insults.
A similar incident occurred last week when Erdogan got a lot of dislikes on YouTube while he was addressing the youth before their exams.

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