Turkish government workers barred from using WhatsApp

Turkey has barred public officials from using mobile messaging software such as WhatAapp and Telegram and stipulated that they must instead use domestically produced platforms, Milliyet newspaper said on Wednesday.

The Turkish presidency has issued a decree on security measures in public institutions that prevents government workers from using mobile apps "of foreign origin" citing security concerns, Milliyet said.

The move aims to avoid cyberattacks and information leakage, the decree said, according to the daily.

Turkey launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook’s WhatsApp in 2018. The software, called PTT Messenger after Turkey’s Post and Telegraph General Directorate (PTT), was introduced in a limited roll-out to state institutions and some private companies, yet proved unpopular after being publicly available.