Turkish authorities on Saturday criticised a BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg, who was travelling with British Prime Minister Theresa May, for spreading misleading information on social media about the presidential complex in Ankara.
Kuenssberg, who was covering May's trip to Ankara, tweeted:
In Erdogan's Palace - there's a lot of gold pic.twitter.com/3ZqSzQDeX3
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) January 28, 2017
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin in response said her claims were a 'string of lies' and showed 'low quality' journalism.
Kalin said none of the objects were made of gold.
String of lies about 'gold' in Presidential Complex by @bbclaurak None of these is gold. Only reflects the low quality of your journalism.
— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) January 28, 2017
Mustafa Varank, one of the top advisors to Turkish President, sent a tweet to the UK's ambassador to Turkey, asking his thoughts about the fake news.
— Mustafa Varank (@varank) January 28, 2017
Chief of cabinet to the president Dr. Hasan Dogan also criticised the reporter.
— Dr. Hasan Doğan حسن (@hasandogan) January 28, 2017
Editor in chief of Daily Sabah Serdar Karagoz also slammed the reporter, saying her claim is a 'big lie.'
.@bbclaurak big lie, poor journalism and epic fail..
— Serdar Karagöz (@serdarkaragoz) January 28, 2017
Turkish netizens also reacted sharply on Twitter, and some even are tweeting pictures from yellow taxis to Laura's hair asking if these were also gold.
— El Kısantos (@el_khsantos) January 28, 2017
Hey @bbclaurak , we have horses made of 24 k gold too.
— Banu EL (@banuel) January 28, 2017
— Fırat Doğan (@firatdgan) January 28, 2017
— Fatih Öke (@okefatih) January 28, 2017
— Fact-Checking Turkey (@FactCheckingTR) January 28, 2017
Laura is a BBC reporter. She thinks everything in yellow is GOLD. Learn what BRASS is. Don't be like Laura. @bbclaurak
— Rahmi Kopar (@rahmikopar) January 28, 2017