Turkish Prime Minister: Facebook Is 'Ugly Technology'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a Facebook page with 784,244 fans, but apparently that didn’t stop the ruler from condemned the site during an election rally for his political party.

The premier reportedly said, “Pages on Facebook are ugly and horrible.”

Anyway, Erdogan’s beef with Facebook concerns what he considers “immoral” content published for all to see.

He also lashed out against email in the same speech, refuting accusations by the leader of the opposing political party.

The specific details of this accusation go beyond the scope of what our blog usually covers.

But, Erdogan’s condemnation of Facebook comes at a time when Turkey’s entire political structure hinges on the coming elections.

And over the past month, Turks have been making a very strong showing in Facebook rankings, especially our list of the most engaging pages.

The coming elections would certainly explain the spike in social media activity we’ve been seeing in Turkey; and surely not every single one of the Turk posts on Facebook favor Erdogan. Let’s just hope that the country doesn’t decide to block access to the site like what almost happened this past October.

Readers, what do you think about the state of Facebook in Turkey?

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