I'll step aside when Turkey says 'enough', says Erdogan, and Twitter responds

by The Region    

 

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told in the meeting with party members, he was willing to step aside once the people told him "enough."

Following remarks by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "T A M A M (OK in Turkish) reached number one in worldwide trends on Twitter.

Close to 750,000 tweets have been posted, including tweets from opposition presidential candidates.

Social media has become one of the most important mediums for Turkish public opinion since the Gezi Park protests of June 2013.

According to a Reuters report in June 2017, 60 percent of Turkish citizens do not trust the news media. “Mainstream media is controlled by government mostly,” said the report.

Soon after, the top global trending topic on Twitter was "#Tamam", a Turkish word which translates as "enough" or "It's OK".

With snap elections due on June 24, Erdogan's political opponents took advantage of the trend to share their own tweets.

Erdogan's fight against Twitter started when protests in Istanbul's Gezi Park were in full swing. He publicly called the platform a "menace," stressing again and again that Twitter was distributing lies. In the past year, Twitter has been used as the main means of communication for millions of demonstrators in Turkey. Mass protests were widely organized via the service.

But Erdogan and his government have increasingly come under pressure - more so after a corruption scandal involving the Erdogan administration was unveiled in mid-December. Since then, alleged telephone conversations between Erdogan and his son Bilal were leaked and published on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. 

 

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