Turkish gov’t denies leaving World Wide Web

Turkish officials have denied any plan to leave the World Wide Web and establish Turkey’s own web system, “ttt,” instead of “www,” the Communications Ministry said on Sunday.

The Communications Ministry denied news reports suggesting that a controversial new move to form a Turkish web system had been proposed by Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan.

Elvan had allegedly said in a previous meeting with reporters that Turkey could establish its own domain, “ttt,” a move that sparked debate over the government’s motives.

In a press statement handed out to media outlets, the ministry underlined that Elvan had cited European efforts to form various structures to deal with problems caused by the web. According to the statement, Elvan also highlighted the need for a common international platform to build an ethical base for the Internet.

The minister, the statement said, will raise similar issues to be thoroughly discussed at an upcoming international meeting in Brazil.

In the meantime, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay said the Twitter bowed to Turkey’s demands.