This is a fine example of when you have no one… you have technology. While Turkey was under military attack, its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used FaceTime to deliver a speech to the audience CNN Turkey. Reportedly, his location was kept secret due to safety concerns so the video chat app was used to address the worried citizens across the nation.

FaceTime has done it once again. When all the media channels couldn’t get access to President Erdogan, FaceTime was there to save the day. The exact reason behind this strategy is still unclear but experts assume may be the Turkish president  was trying to avoid the military coup.

Anyway, here is the translated message:

“There is no power higher than the power of the people. Let them do what they will at public squares and airports.”


During the over-the-net transmission, the anchor had to ignore two incoming calls to continue the FaceTime interview with Erdogan. Reportedly, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have been shut down in the country. A YouTube spokesperson addressed the rumors by saying that YouTube is working normally. Twitter also responded saying that their service is not completely inaccessible in Turkey.

Watch the full CNN TURK video below.


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