Turkish government releases WhatsApp clone
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced to members of the press that Turkey had developed a “100 percent local and national” version of mobile messaging software WhatsApp, pro-government newspaper Habertürk reported.
PTTMessenger, developed by the Turkish post office, was “a more secure system than WhatsApp,” Bozdağ said.
“It is a 100 percent local and national software,” he said. “Public institutions will use this, and later it will be opened up for citizens. As it does not store any data on the server, it will not be possible to access this data. A more secure system than WhatsApp has been developed.”
The first use of the new application had been a video call between the commander of the Second Army and the Turkish cabinet on the progress of Turkey’s ongoing operation in Afrin, Bozdağ said.
The application’s website claims that its security is protected by “globally-proven methodologies and technologies”.
However, one self-identified Kurdish Twitter user living near Turkey’s border with Iran was more skeptical.
“Do not compare the ‘national and local’ Free Syrian Army to terrorists on the ‘local’ Whatsapp,” she said, suggesting that the government might monitor communications on the new application