Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cheer as he addresses a rally of his Justice and Development Party in Elazig, Turkey, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks added momentum to a spiraling corruption scandal.In stark contrast, President Abdullah Gul, a frequent social media user, said Facebook and Youtube cannot be unplugged.A series of other leaks on YouTube showed Erdogan allegedly meddling in trade deals and court cases.Erdogan's government has been shaken by a high-level corruption scandal that erupted in mid-December and ensnared the premier's key political and business allies. Erdogan is openly suspicious of the Internet, branding Twitter a "menace" last year for helping organise mass anti-government protests in which eight people died and thousands were injured.The site still managed to be one of the most visited in Turkey, with users including Erdogan himself resorting to proxy servers to dodge the ban.
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