Turkish President Erdogan slams the “irresponsible” use of social media

World Faizah Kamal 11-Feb-2020
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On February 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed the “irresponsible” use of social media, dubbing it as an “idle” platform.

“The responsible use of internet has been gaining more importance. Technology addiction is only one of these threats. Today, we face crowds who turned into modern slaves due to technology addiction,” Erdoğan said.

“We want to see individuals who use technology with freedom and awareness; we do not want to see modern slaves,” he added.

The president’s remarks came during a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘National Computer Emergency Response Centre.’

“In this sense, social media has become garbage and an idle platform,” he said.

Erdoğan also vowed to protect Turkey against the complications of irresponsible social media use, where he said people “get harassed, defrauded and slandered.”

“Turkey will never surrender to a virtual world where [people’s] rights are being violated,” he underlined.

He added that offences in the cyber-world should result in penalties as they do in the real world.

“We need to strengthen our people’s bonds with the real life,” he said.

“We truly have productive, qualified and active youngsters. We expect our youth to use the potential the internet provides in the best way,” he said.

Erdoğan also urged the younger generation to produce “useful content.”

He said that the government will provide the necessary support to “turn the information the youth gathered from the internet, into a product.”

Erdoğan also said that with the newly established cyber security centre, Turkey aims to be one of the top players in the field.

For that, he said that qualified experts are needed and an academy to train officials has also been established.

“We are doing the necessary works for [the academy] whose doors are open to all our youth, without any prerequisites. We are discovering qualified young people,” he said.