Turkey blocks Twitter in run-up to election

Juha sez, "Looks like Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan was serious about blocking Twitter (and possibly other social networks) in Turkey in the run-up to the election. Twitter users in Turkey are able to bypass the block though through SMS, and the whole thing could backfire badly on the government there. That Streisand Effect again."

Erdogan is the thug who ordered the vicious crackdown on the Gezi protests, whose government was subsequently rocked by a high-level, multi-billion-dollar money-laundering and corruption scandal that has played out largely in social media. He told reporters: "We will wipe out all of these [social networks]."

Paging Mr Canute, your tide is coming in.

An iPhone screen shot circulating on Facebook from a Turkcell subscriber purports to show that Twitter has been banned in the country, with an official message saying "the protection measure has been taken for this website".

"The international community can say this, can say that. I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is," Erdogan told supporters.

Turkey cuts off Twitter access ahead of local elections [Juha Saarinen/IT News]

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  1. I do like living in a world where Turkish graffiti informs people about alternate DNS servers, but do not like living in a world where it's necessary.

  2. Paging Mr Canute, your tide is coming in.

    He must be one of the pissed-offedest monarchs in the afterlife by now.

  3. "The international community can say this, can say that. I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is,"

    Umm... Your nation state is fighting with, and apparently not winning against, an internet company with core competence in moving text snippets and gulling investors into paying real money for Magic Web 2.0 Value.

    That's what we in the reality-based-community call 'pathetic'. Also, guys, DNS-based blocking? And totally forgetting that Twitter was originally designed as it was specifically for SMS and not making arrangements on the telco side? Terminal noob.

  4. Highest profile flouter of this imbecilic ban?

    The President of Turkey.

    I used to admire the way that Turkey managed to maintain a secular country with a religious population. Erdogan is a fucking disaster.

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