Social media firms operating in Turkey must open office: minister

ANKARA Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:21am EDT

Turkey's Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek speaks during a meeting in Ankara January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey's Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek speaks during a meeting in Ankara January 30, 2014.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Social media firms operating in Turkey must open representative offices in the country, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Tuesday after Ankara held talks with Twitter aimed at resolving a dispute which led to a two-week ban on the site.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government blocked Twitter temporarily in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings purportedly showing corruption in his inner circle were leaked on their sites. YouTube remains blocked.

(Reporting by Ozge Ozbilgin and Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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