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Twitter users protest website blockage in Turkey

By Ian O'Brien,

Twitter users reported that the website had been blocked in Turkey. People who tried to access Twitter were instead redirected to a statement given by Turkey's telecommunications regulator.

According to BBC, the statement concerned a court order that said the website must have "protection measures." This came after Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to have Twitter wiped out entirely. He fought for the website to get taken down because of whispers of corruption in his inner circle.

Erdogan went on to say that he doesn't care what others think of him as long as they "see the power of the Turkish Republic."

The L.A. Times reports that about 12 million people use Twitter in Turkey, and they have tried to get around the ban.

Users began protesting Erdogan's ban on Twitter with hashtags such as "#TwitterisblockedinTurkey" and "#DictatorErdogan." The majority of these tweets came from Turkey. Links to recordings that could incriminate Erdogan have been posted on Twitter.

YouTube was also previously banned in Turkey until the ban was lifted in 2010.

 

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