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Turkey's Facebook Status: Embattled

Why does Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hate Facebook and YouTube so much? 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is undermining his own country with crackdowns on social media users. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is counting on strong support in local elections at the end of the month to justify further extending his autocratic policies. Up next: a crackdown on YouTube and Facebook to keep Turkish citizens from listening to wiretapped conversations that may reveal corruption in his government.

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