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Turkish mayor sues Twitter followers

Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, Melih Gokcek, said he has sued 600 of his Twitter followers because they insulted him on the website.

Gokcek, who has 367,995 followers on the microblogging site, said most of those who insulted him are in legal trouble, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday.

"It's me who tweets, not someone else in my place, and I sue those who insult me. There are about 600 people now that I've sued," Gokcek said.

"In the beginning we weren't able to catch them, with the speed of social media, but now we can. We caught approximately 80 percent of those who have insulted me. When you give their names and accounts to police, they find themselves in front of prosecutors. But if they apologize publicly, then I say they're young and forgive them," Gokcek said.

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