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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will crack down on Twitter using tax laws

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still has it in for Twitter. After attempting to shut down the microblogging site following a stream of damaging leaks spreading via the social network, Erdogan was forced to back down when one of Turkey's largest courts ruled that the ban was illegal.

However, the ban is still in place, as the court's 30-day compliance window has not yet expired.

Now, the Turkish Prime Minister is looking to crack down on Twitter using the country's tax laws.

In a televised speech on Saturday, Erdogan argued that the microblogging service is a tax evader, and promised that his government will pursue it.

"Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook are international companies established for profit and making money. Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it," Erdogan said, according to a report by news agency AFP.

The latest crackdowns have come as a result of the Turkish parliament passing a bill designed to tighten control of the Internet back in February, allowing blocks of websites deemed offensive.

In March, the American government issued a statement condemning Turkey's block on "access to basic communication tools."

White House press secretary Jay Carney said: "We oppose this restriction on the Turkish people's access to information, which undermines their ability to exercise freedoms of expression and association and runs contrary to the principles of open governance that are critical to democratic governance."

Check out our easy to use guide for information on how to access Twitter through Turkey's censorship.