Following the Turkish Prime Minister’s recent threat to „wipe out Twitter“, the social media platform has been blocked for users throughout the country.
PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the ban in response to allegations of corruption that had spread via Twitter. An estimated 10 million Turkish users will be affected by the ban.
The hashtag #ErdoganBlocksTwitter has already started to trend, with numerous anti-regime paroles and parodies circling the network.
— Muhammed Ünver (@Uenver_M) 20. März 2014
The order will likely also be felt across Berlin and Germany, where the Turkish communities maintain strong ties to friends and family in Turkey.
Last month, a protest on Taksim Square against Turkey’s new internet laws was met with water cannons and tear gas. The laws allowed the country’s telecommunications authority to block websites without a court order.
Turkey has previously banned YouTube until 2010 for hosting videos said to be insulting to Ataturk, the country’s founder.
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