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Facebook denies report on share of user data with Turkish gov't amid protests

Facebook said the company did not provide Turkish authorities any user information in relation with Gezi Park protests

Facebook denies report on share of user data with Turkish gov't amid protests

ISTANBUL (AA) - Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday that it did not share with Turkish authorities any user data in relation to Gezi Park protests.

"Facebook has not provided user data to Turkish authorities in response to government requests relating to the protests. More generally, we reject all government data requests from Turkish authorities and push them to formal legal channels unless it appears that there is an immediate threat to life or a child, which has been the case in only a small fraction of the requests we have received.

"We are concerned about legislative proposals that might purport to require Internet companies to provide user information to Turkish law enforcement authorities more frequently. We will be meeting with representatives of the Turkish government when they visit Silicon Valley this week, and we intend to communicate our strong concerns about these proposals directly at that time," the company said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkey's communication minister said the Turkish officials contacted several social networks including Facebook and Twitter for cooperation. 

"We did not see a positive attitude [from Twitter] but Facebook has been working in harmony with the Turkish authorities for a long time," Binali Yildirim told reporters.

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