Turkey could ban Facebook and YouTube

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said the nation could ban Facebook and YouTube, which he says have been abused by his political enemies, after local elections on March 30.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Depo Photos/ABACA/Press Association Images

Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who he says is behind a stream of "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.

"We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," Erdogan said.

He added that the possible barring of these sites was included in his planned measures.