Turkey Blocked Access To Twitter

March 21, 2014 Internet

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Turkey blocked access to Twitter late on Thursday, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened yesterday to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms, which has been extensively used to spread corruption allegations against his government.

“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter, “ the Hurriyet newspaper quoted Gul as telling reporters during a visit to Denmark. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s all-powerful leader since 2003, has been under mounting pressure after audio recordings allegedly show his involvement in corruption, and others portraying him interfering in business deals, court cases and media coverage.

In one recording, he instructs his son to hide tens of millions of euros worth of cash in the house. In another, he tells off an editor of a major newspaper for producing negative coverage.

The prime minister has acknowledged some of the recordings, which feature him and his circle of intimates, as authentic while denouncing others as fake and accused a – robot lobby – of targeting his government through Twitter.

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