Twitter has reportedly been blocked throughout Turkey in what appears to be a government-initiated shutdown following through on the threats of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Twitter has offered alternative modes of access as it looks into the issue.
This isn't the first time the Prime Minister has threatened Twitter: on Mar. 6 he said he would not "leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," which have been used by protestors and Erdogan's political enemies to spread allegations of corruption. Several hours after Thursday's speech, however, reports began to emerge that Twitter was indeed blocked as promised.