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Turkish court issues Facebook ultimatum - remove pages insulting the Prophet Muhammad or face nationwide ban


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

January 26, 2015 | 2 min read

A Turkish court has issued Facebook with demands to block sites deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, threatening a nationwide ban of the social network if it does not comply.

The threat, issued on Sunday, comes a week after the nation issued similar repressive demands on Twitter, stating it will be banned if it does not block the account of a liberal newspaper responsible for publishing leaked intelligence documents linking Turkey to rebel forces in Syria.

The issue came to a head after several publications and pages reposted the Charlie Hebdo front cover of the Prophet Muhammad following the extremist assault on the publication's Paris office earlier this month.

Following the attack, Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed he would not let “one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world”.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan spearheaded the social media crackdown as part of his Islamic-based policies, according to Reuters.

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