Turkey has blocked Twitter as Prime Minister says he wants to eradicate it and to shut down similar websites.
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to eradicate Twitter and similar websites, which could as well mean Facebook. "We will eradicate Twitter," Erdoğan told a rally in Bursa. "I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic." Some 10 million Twitter users comes from turkey and you can imagine how upset they are with the latest decision by their Prime Minister.
Hi office has issued a statement to Turkish officials saying that they have “no option” but to ban Twitter. Users started tweeting about, showing that social network and possibly Facebook have been blocked in the country. Erdoğan has made use of a highly controversial law that was passed by Turkish Parliament, which allows the Government’s Telecommunications Board to shut down any websites based on anything it judges to be “privacy violations.”
It started two weeks ago with threats of shutting down YouTube and Facebook, but Twitter is the only website that was confirmed as being blocked so far. Turkish President, Abdullah Gül, has a completely different view on social media websites and he responded to those threats saying that “The closure of them is out of the question” and added “Both are very important platforms. We always take a pride in enlarging freedoms.”
Users who tried to open Twitter in a standard way, apparently got redirected to a statement which cites a court order to apply “protection measures”. Soon enough Twitter users started sharing WikiLeaks advice to access the website. The governmental division of Twitter got a tip as well.
Hard to believe such thing is going on in today’s world, where Internet became the most important media and social networks help people fight for freedom. Is Turkish Government going to really block Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in an attempt to fight the Freedom of Speech?
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