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Increasingly Autocratic Turkish PM Bans Twitter

Embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pulled the plug on Twitter at midnight, March 20, 2014.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Within hours after making the threat, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan closed the curtain on Turkish residents’ ability to engage in the social media known as Twitter.

It happened by midnight (6:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 20.

A 26-year old woman in Istanbul for whom anonymity was requested relayed to The Jewish Press that when she attempted to use her twitter account tonight, this message popped up: “FORBIDDEN.”

The justification given by Erdoğan for taking the extreme step was that Twitter officials refused to follow orders from Turkish courts to “remove some links” as requested by certain Turkish citizens, Turkey’s Hurriyet reported.

The Turkish agency responsible for communications, the Communications Technologies Institution (BTK) was invested with enormous powers under the recently passed Internet law. It listed the three court rulings and a prosecutor’s decision on its website as the reason for the shutdown.

Matters within the formerly prosperous and increasingly modernized country began taking a dramatic turn for the worse over the past few years. Vigorous distrust of the government began to be publicly expressed, such as during the Gezi Park protests in the spring of 2013, and later in the wake of the government corruption probes that are still continuing. These ongoing distractions have dragged the current administration into a vortex of endless internal criticism, economic instability and external contempt. Erdoğan responded to the unrest by blaming Twitter as the source of his problems.

YouTube has been banned repeatedly by Turkey over the last number of years.

Earlier this month the Turkish prime minister threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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10 Responses to “Increasingly Autocratic Turkish PM Bans Twitter”

  1. PROHIBIDO EL TWITTER EN TURQUIA. Será por el bien del pueblo ¿no?
    Se parece cada día más al país de los Ayatulas…

  2. LOL piece of 3:) :poop:

  3. How ironic that twitter cries censorship. Yet Twitter is in the Palestinian Territories but not in Israel.

  4. He is a good friend of Obama/Kerry.

  5. AC Stubbs says:

    With the US giving up leadership of the Icann this could be coming to the US

  6. AC Stubbs says:

    Twitter IS in Israel

  7. AC Stubbs Twitter does not support Israel. Go to the list of countries with Twitter supported mobile carriers, see support.twitter.com/articles/20170024 . Israel is not in the list. However, Twitter does support the Palestinian Territories, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

  8. AC Stubbs says:

    No it is in Israel

  9. AC Stubbs Twitter says (support.twitter.com/articles/20170024) it does not support Israel.

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