|Turkey Bans Twitter
By: Jessica Cherok
Twitter users in Turkey are having to take extra steps in order to be able to tweet. In response to a corruption scandal, which has spread quickly on the social media site, Turkey’s Prime Minister has vowed to do away with the site.
As the corruption scandal surrounding Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began to grow, Turkish courts ordered Twitter to remove certain content. Twitter refused, leading to the PM’s declaration, “We’ll eradicate Twitter.”
The court orders came after Turkish citizens complained Twitter was violating their privacy. Despite the multiple court orders, Twitter did not comply, stating that it was investigating the issue. Erdogan, who believes his political enemies created the corruption scandal, has repeated vowed to wipe out Twitter, as well as other social media outlets.
The PM’s declaration angered both Turkish citizens, as well as people around the world. Erdogan appears indifferent, quoted as saying, “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”
As talk of blocking increased, Twitter began giving users tips on how to still tweet once the site was blocked. Tweets from @policy told users to send their tweets via SMS. Still, many users in Turkey began to experience outages.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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