Turkey's Erdogan claims social media is a "menace"

The Turkish prime minister is blaming social media for the fact that people are not doing what they are told.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was moaning as thousands of people took to the streets to shout him out of government.

Poor Erdogan – there once was a time when you could just put cops on the street and beat the problems away with a baton. Then it was just a matter of convincing the silent majority that any unrest was simply an extremist fringe.

But with social media sites running snaps of the protests, Erdogan is upset that people are calling him a “dictator” and no one is believing him when he calls the thousands of protestors a few extremists.

Erdogan has been in charge for more than a decade. Many Turks see him as an uncompromising figure with his fingers in too many pies.

He is kept in power by a large base of conservative Turks. The ordinary media has hardly mentioned any of the protests.

Erdogan moaned to Bloomberg that Twitter was a menace. “The best examples of lies can be found there,” he said. “To me, social media is the worst menace to society”.

Erdogan called the protests “ideological” and manipulated by an opposition “unable to beat (the government) at the ballot box.”

He said that if he wanted he could call out his supporters to run the opposition from the streets. However he “is urging calm,” he said in an interview with Haberturk television.