Turkey's Erdogan again threatens to ban social media

ANKARA Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:15pm EDT

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the crowd during an opening ceremony of a new metro line in Ankara March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses the crowd during an opening ceremony of a new metro line in Ankara March 13, 2014.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday repeated his threat to close down social media platforms including Twitter in Turkey and said he did not care about the potential backlash from the international community.

"We will wipe out all of these," Erdogan told thousands of supporters at a rally in the northwestern province of Bursa.

"The international community can say this, can say that. I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is," he said.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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