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Marc Champion

Data Show Why Twitter Is a Menace to Erdogan

You can learn a lot about the protests and the motives of those driving them from how they use Twitter.

A word to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan, who recently described Twitter as a "menace to society": You can learn a lot about the protests and the motives of those driving them from how they use the microblogging service.

Turkey's Gezi Park protests have been a Twitter revolt, as distinct from the Facebook revolutions of the Arab Spring. It turns out that Twitter is now a better tool for social unrest -- and provides better data about it.