Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to close down social media sites after users insulted his daughter, Esra Albayrak, who is the wife of the country’s finance minister Berat Albayrak.
“Rapid steps will be taken for their complete removal,” he said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday.
“The issue we need to talk about is how these social media platforms turned into tools for foulness. They need to be brought into order.
“Such platforms don’t suit this country and our people,” he said.
“That’s why we want these social media platforms completely shut down or controlled after bringing the issue to our parliament,” said Erdogan.
According to the Middle East Eye newsportal, several people had been detained for remarks against Erdogan’s daughter, and an investigation had been launched into the tweets over “insulting a public official”.