Turkish President Demands Google Delist A Bunch Of Websites Comparing Him To Hitler

from the 'Hitler-was-an-amateur-authoritarian,'-the-president-complained dept

The world’s most thin-skinned “leader” is at it again. Perpetually-insulted Turkish super-villain Recip Erdogan is still firing off court orders to Google, expecting the immediate banishment of anything he finds offensive. Dean Jones of the invaluable Shooting the Messenger has more details:

The Turkish tyrant ordered Google [Note: actually, Google only dealt with three Blogspot URLs; the rest is addressed to the Internet in general, I guess.] to delist over 40 URLs including a critical report by The Washington Times, plus an AOL image search for “Adolf Erdo?an,” because they allegedly link to “hurtful, humiliating” images and memes.


The targeted sites had reported about Erdo?an’s recent crackdown on journalists and other critics of the Turkish government, comparing him to Hitler.

Not helping these comparisons is Erdogan’s similar facial structure and his endless vindictive actions against anyone who’s hurt his feelings.

Turkish law gives him considerable leeway to do this. Unfortunately, a small handful of countries have extended helping hands rather than middle fingers in response to censorship and/or prosecution demands. It’s unknown why the Turkish government thought Google could help it out with an AOL image search, but it’s equally unclear why it didn’t ask for the delisting of Google’s image search, which shows virtually-identical results.

The more someone humors this tyrant, the worse he’s going to get. And it certainly doesn’t help that Jones’ report comes on the heels of the Erdogan’s US visit, during which his personal bodyguards beat up American protesters. This prompted a tepid display of disappointment from the US State Department and a much more hot-blooded demand for an apology from the Turkish government US law enforcement daring to interrupt Erdogan’s bodyguards while they were beating up US citizens.

The court order [PDF] contains a long list of sites likely worth visiting, if for no other reason than to stock up on Erdogan/Hitler memes to spread around the web. It’s the circle of life, as lived by Erdogan and defined by Barbra Streisand. The more takedown notices sent by the Turkish government, the more the images and content spread… leading to more takedowns and more dissemination.

If Erdogan wasn’t so completely monomaniacal, he might realize the futility of his overseas efforts and content himself with jailing his constituents. Instead, he keeps engaging in internet turf wars with foreign governments, with very minimal success. ISPs like Google have stated they’ll perform selective blocking in response to court orders, but honestly they shouldn’t even be doing that. Not for someone like Erdogan — an extremely powerful lout who appears to be shooting meme history by coming closest to the “literally Hitler” ideal.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Google's own fault.

I mean, at $150,000 per URL it would only take 140,000 URLs to eliminate their annual net income. Or alternatively, 600,000 URLs to eat up the entirety of google’s yearly revenue. I can guarantee the number of infringing URLs in Google’s index is several orders of magnitude higher than that. Heck, I would be very willing to bet the number of new infringing URLs added to google’s index every year is orders of magnitude higher than that.

So sure, it’s Google’s fault that they would rather remain in business.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

In mother Turkey the Caecar of Rûm gets the people he deserves! But as with all dictatorships, the rest of the world… They hurt.

For the likes of Erdogan it is better to become insular and despotic in constant paranoia of foreign and domestic enemies created by nationalistic divisive rhetorics, than facing life after politics! His big idol, Abdul “the great assassin” Hamid II, would be proud.

DV Henkel-Wallace (profile) says:

Please list the sites

I’m sure that google will not comply, since they are evil and do not believe in justice.

So if you would list the sites we can be careful not to go to them. If we didnt’ know we might accidentally visit them.

In fact we can post the list on our own pages to make sure everybody knows where not to go.

Thanks for your help!

David says:

Re: Re:

Well, Mike states “Not helping these comparisons is Erdogan’s similar facial structure and his endless vindictive actions against anyone who’s hurt his feelings.”. But I don’t think this is really evoking a lot of Hitler rather than Erdoğan: Hitler was more into megalomania instead of insecurity regarding his own person and agenda.

Admittedly, the consequences are not all that much different.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

History is filled with thin-skinned leaders and arguably many dictators are far worse. It is merely the way he reacts that is so amazingly crazy. While most dictators use the same rhetorics and use same or worse laws, the way Erdogan is approaching turks living abroad is what makes him such a target.

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