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Turkish PM sues Turkey over toppled Twitter takedown

That escalated quickly
Wed Apr 23 2014, 11:33
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TURKISH PRIME MINISTER Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Turkey because it did not back his demand to shut down social network Twitter in the country.

Erdogan made headlines and drew a lot of negative attention when he attempted to keep popular focus off him and alleged corruption in his administration.

He called out Twitter as an enemy and demanded it be shut off. It was for a while, but Erdogan's time out of the social spotlight was short-lived.

Although he had ISP support most of the world did not back Erdogan's move, and that stance was supported by Turkey's high court.

When the ban was overturned Erdogan lumped it as opposed to liked it. "We complied with the ruling but I do not respect it," he said earlier this month. "It should have been rejected on procedural grounds."

Now Turkish news website Hurriyet Daily News reports that Erdogan has responded legally, challenged the court decision and asked for compensation. The move is considered unusual, even in Turkey.

The head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB), a Metin Feyzioglu, told Hurriyet that this is a first for the country.

"There is no precedent for the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic to sue the Turkish Republic and demand compensation. This is happening for the first time," he said, before suggesting that the legal action was misfiled.

"[The prime minister] could file a lawsuit against Twitter if he believes he received damage through it. He could have filed a lawsuit against the TİB [the telecommunications authority] if he believes that the removal of the ban on Twitter was unlawful." µ


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