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Friday, March 21, 2014

Twitter Blocked Nationwide in Turkey

 

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.
 Erdogan threatened to shut down the social network at a rally on Thursday, according to English-language Turkish news site the Hurriyet Daily News. "We now how a court order," he was reported as saying. "We'll eradicate Twitter. I don't care what the international community says."

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.


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