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Twitter gets blocked in Turkey ten days before major election

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Mar 2014 22:30 User comments (9)

Twitter gets blocked in Turkey ten days before major election Turkey's telecommunications regulator has blocked Twitter, following a threat by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
There is a major election next week, and the PM has been linked to a massive corruption probe in the nation. The government was recently given expanded oversight over the Internet, and is apparently not afraid to use it.

Turkey is one of the most social media-friendly nations in the world, with 79 percent of citizens using some form of service, including Twitter and Facebook. Twitter claims Turkey is a top 10 user of the microblogging platform, globally.

Erdogan has called Twitter a "malice to society" and threatened to "eradicate" it earlier today. "Access to Twitter may be blocked as a last resort to avert the unjust treatment of our citizens in case of a continuation of this ignorance of the court rulings," the PM's office said in a statement. Courts have ruled that certain links were to be removed, but users kept on retweeting them anyways.

Twitter has seen restrictions and outright bans in nations where there are no restrictions on freedoms, including China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Libya, Pakistan and Syria.

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9 user comments

120.3.2014 23:11

Quote:
Twitter is one of the most social media-friendly nations in the world
...interesting. Can't find Twitter on Google Earth. :p

220.3.2014 23:44

Originally posted by DarthMopar:
Quote:
Twitter is one of the most social media-friendly nations in the world
...interesting. Can't find Twitter on Google Earth. :p
I had to read that a couple times myself, wasn't aware they had formed their own nation

321.3.2014 2:52

Lol. I read that twice myself.

421.3.2014 8:09

Twitter's national flag has a blue bird on it, LOL.

521.3.2014 9:03

Originally posted by ivymike:
Twitter's national flag has a blue bird on it, LOL.


621.3.2014 9:27

Originally posted by DarthMopar:
Quote:
Twitter is one of the most social media-friendly nations in the world
...interesting. Can't find Twitter on Google Earth. :p
That's because Google's been blocking all competition.

721.3.2014 15:07

Most if no all corrupt countries of the world are afraid of twitter; including the U.S. Govt.

Turkish Twitter users when up +138%:
http://cir.ca/news/freedom-of-the-press-in-turkey/138930
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjRitlMCUAARqKY.png

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 21 Mar 2014 @ 16:17

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821.3.2014 17:24

Yeah...block twitter...that worked really well in every other country where it was tried. Even the president is against the block...not because he doesn't like it, but because he knows he will be the first against the wall if he supports it.



921.3.2014 19:18

The Turkish Prime Minister is smart enough to block Twitter but not smart enough to block Tor.

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