Prime Minister Blocks Twitter in Turkey

by Christopher Freeburn | March 21, 2014 10:27 am

Twitter users in Turkey say that they are experiencing problems connecting to the popular social messaging service after the country’s prime minister promised to crack down on the digital network[1].

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At a political event on Thursday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told followers that he would “eradicate” Twitter. Erdogan added that criticism over his moves from other countries “doesn’t concern me one bit,” warning that “they will see the power of the Turkish Republic.” The Turkish government has accused Twitter of failing to remove certain links from its website, in defiance of orders from Turkish courts, and said blocking Twitter was a “last resort,” CNN notes.

Social media in Turkey has been buzzing with leaks about a corruption probe involving high-ranking officials linked to the prime minister. The scandal comes less than two weeks ahead of municipal elections in the country.

While the Turkish government’s effort to block Twitter in the country has disrupted some users’ ability to access the service, others are using alternate means to send and receive messages. Twitter itself has advised its users of a possible workaround to evade the government’s actions.

TWTR stock rose slightly in Friday morning trading.

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