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June 27, 2013

Turkey asks Twitter to open representative office in country

Twitter is reported to have no plans to open an office in the country.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Turkish government has asked Twitter to establish a representative office inside the country following allegations that the microblogging site is being used for whipping up anti-government stir.

Turkish Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that without corporate representation in the country, the government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to take down content or with requests for user data.

"When information is requested, we want to see someone in Turkey who can provide this … there needs to be an interlocutor we can put our grievance to and who can correct an error if there is one," Yildirim said.

"We have told all social media that … if you operate in Turkey you must comply with Turkish law."

Several reports suggest that a person familiar with Twitter said the company had no current plans to open an office in the country.

Apart from Twitter, Facebook was also reported to share data during the recent anti-government protests in Turkey.

Facebook said that it has not shared any user data to Turkish authorities despite government requests.

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"More generally, we reject all government data requests from Turkish authorities and push them to formal legal channels unless it appears that there is an immediate threat to life or a child, which has been the case in only a small fraction of the requests we have received," Facebook said.

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