Twitter agrees to Turkey's demands to close fake accounts

Twitter has agreed to conform to the demands of the Turkish telecommunications ministry by closing down the accounts of fake users who have hijacked a number of Turkish citizens' identities.

Twitter agrees to Turkey's demands to close fake accounts

World Bulletin / News Desk

Twitter has agreed to conform to the demands of the Turkish telecommunications ministry by closing down the accounts of fake users who have hijacked a number of Turkish citizens' identities.

This new development has led many to believe that the ban on the social media website in the country may soon be lifted.

One account has been suspended, the TIB said in a written statement.

Turkey’s Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan said that he considered the suspension of the account by Twitter as a "positive step."

“I believe TIB and Twitter should continue their meetings," he added.

The Turkish courts had appealed to Twitter to close down fake accounts and links that are deemed to be infringements on privacy but Twitter has been reluctant to implement Turkish court decisions, a statement from the country’s Prime Ministry claimed on Thursday.

A number of Turkish citizens, including popular poet Ismet Ozel, had launched lawsuits to have fake accounts attributed to them disabled. The Turkish courts later appealed to the Ministry of Telecommunications to raise the concerns with Twitter.

However, Twitter delayed its response, angering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who accused the site of indifference to the character assassination of Turkish citizens.

Last Mod: 22 Mart 2014, 16:58
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