March 7, 2014 / 12:47 PM / 4 years ago

Turkey's Gul says Facebook, YouTube ban out of question

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s president on Friday ruled out a ban on Facebook (FB.O) and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened such a move to stop political foes posting audio recordings purportedly exposing government corruption.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (L) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrive at an opening ceremony of a new line of the Ankara Metro in Ankara February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

    “The closure of them is out of the question,” Abdullah Gul told reporters when asked about Erdogan’s comments, adding that under a recently passed law authorities could block access to material on such sites if a person’s privacy is violated.

    Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Gareth Jones

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