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February 19, 2014

Twitter critics #UnfollowAbdullahGul

Turkish president reportedly loses 80,000 followers after approving controversial internet law.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul in the presidental palace in Budapest on February 17, 2014. (AFP / ATTILA KISBENEDEK)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul's Twitter following is taking a hit after he approved a controversial bill which critics say is set to increase control over the internet. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the law will make the web "safer and freer". 

After Gul announced the bill's approval via Twitter, users responded by launching a campaign under the hashtag #UnfollowAbdullahGul. Gul has reportedly lost more than 80,000 of his 4 million followers on Twitter. 

#UnfollowAbdullahGul has been used more than 60,000 times, with many sharing memes and tweets encouraging others to unfollow the president.


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