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Turkey PM Tayyip Erdoğan BANS Twitter, Will Soon Ban Facebook and YouTube

Mar 21, 2014 05:33 AM EDT
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan: Twitter No Longer Allowed in Turkey, Will Soon Ban Facebook and YouTube
(Photo : YouTube) Twitter users experienced a widespread outage in Turkey Friday, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut access to the popular social media platform.

Twitter users experienced a widespread outage in Turkey, Friday , hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut access to the popular social media platform, according to Reuters.

"The ban started after midnight and got into effect gradually depending which internet providers they used, but it's a court order (actually four different courts) which means every provider, including GSM companies, are obliged to implement this ban," Turkish journalist Erdem Arda Gunes said.

In a campaign rally in Bursa on March 20, Erdoğan made his intentions known saying "We now have a court order. We'll eradicate Twitter. I don't care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic."

Apparently, the Prime Minister has implemented his threat to ban the social media platform after it failed to remove some links the Turkish Court ordered.

Time reported that those who tried to open the Twitter site were taken to a statement from Turkey's telecommunication regulator (TIB) citing court orders permitting the government to ban Twitter.

Included in the orders are the grounds for cutting off the site, including voice recordings and documents allegedly showing evidence of corruption among Erdoğan's cohorts.

Twitter  has not released any official statement as of the moment but said they were investigating the matter.

In their site, the San Francisco-based company gave Turkish users an alternate method to use the platform, tweeting: "Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.-Policy (@policy) March 20, 2014."

Unfortunately, users in Turkey who cannot access to Twitter will most probably not see the alternate method offered by the company.

Erdoğan warned two weeks ago to also ban Facebook and You Tube which according to him have been abused by his enemies to sabotage him.

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