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article imageSocial media worst menace to society, says Turkey's Erdogan

By Eko Armunanto     Jun 5, 2013 in World
Turkish police detained 25 people and were searching for 13 more on accusations of using social media networks such as Twitter to spread false details about the anti-government protests and police reaction to them.
An official at the police station in Izmir confirmed Wednesday to CNN that some of the accused were brought in Tuesday night and remained in custody, but the official who declined to give his name refused Wednesday to provide additional details.
The protests appear to have developed spontaneously and remain leaderless. The group’s demands were seen as recommendations to the government for the easing of tensions. It was not at all certain that the tens of thousands of protesters would heed any call by the group to cease.
The group of academics, architects and environmentalists, known as the “Taksim Solidarity Platform,” was formed to protect Taksim Square from development. The protests were sparked by fury over a violent pre-dawn police raid Friday to roust activists camping out in an attempt to stop the rebuilding of an Ottoman army barracks and a shopping mall.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made no secret of how he feels about the use of Twitter. "Now we have a menace that is called Twitter," Erdogan said on Monday, day four of the mass protests that are now in their sixth day. "The best example of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society."
No one seems to have any idea exactly which tweets in question landed the offending users in jail—something that only highlights the fact that Turkey's main media outlets have been noticeably slow to give the protests the coverage they deserve, which in turn has left many Turks relying on the social media site for their updates, says National Post.
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