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Turkey's President Harnesses Social Media To Help Quell Attempted Coup05:29
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on CnnTurk via facetime call in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Burak Kara/Getty Images)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on CnnTurk via facetime call in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Burak Kara/Getty Images)
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Last Friday, as a coup attempt was underway in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to social media to ask his supporters to resist the soldiers mounting the coup. Observers note the irony of Erdogan calling into a TV station using FaceTime to address the nation when he has traditionally clamped down on social media.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti takes a closer look at the role of social media in times of unrest today with Robert Mackey, senior writer for The Intercept.

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Robert Mackey, senior writer for The Intercept. He tweets @RobertMackey.

This segment aired on July 19, 2016.

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