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Published: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 7:50:02 PM
Updated: Friday March 7, 2014 MYT 7:51:23 PM

Turkey's Gul says Facebook, YouTube ban out of question

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (L) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrive at an opening ceremony of a new line of the Ankara Metro in Ankara February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (L) and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrive at an opening ceremony of a new line of the Ankara Metro in Ankara February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's president on Friday ruled out a ban on Facebook and YouTube after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened such a move to stop political foes posting audio recordings purportedly exposing government corruption.

"The closure of them is out of the question," Abdullah Gul told reporters when asked about Erdogan's comments, adding that under a recently passed law authorities could block access to material on such sites if a person's privacy is violated.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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