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Twitter Explodes After Donald Trump Threatens to Turn Off Internet

© AP Photo / Mic SmithRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump
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US business tycoon and Republican party presidential hopeful Donald Trump has sparked fresh controversy and added to a long list of divisive remarks after he called for the Internet to be turned off to prevent people from becoming radicalized online.

Speaking at the same event where he called for a "complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the US as part of plans to defeat jihadist groups, Trump said that something needed to be done to stop the online radicalization of people.

"We've got to maybe do something with the internet," Trump said, adding that he would get in contact with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to see if he could look into "closing it up."

In reference to recent terrorism and radicalization of people through online platforms, Trump said that children in America are "watching the internet and they want to be masterminds."

"We're losing a lot of people because of the internet. We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some ways. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people," Trump said.​

Trump's comments were widely ridiculed by people on social media, with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hitting back at criticism directed towards him by suggesting Donald Trump should be sent to space.

The comments about turning off the internet cap off a long list of controversial remarks made by the presidential hopeful, who previously suggested that Muslims in the US should wear specific ID badges.

Trump also caused outrage when he referred to Mexicans in the US as "rapists" and pledged to build a wall between the two countries, suggesting Mexico will actually pay for it.

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