20 Mar 2014

Twitter Blocked in Turkey as Prime Minister Pledges to 'Eradicate' it

By Chris Taylor at Mashable

There's electioneering, and then there's what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just said Thursday on the campaign trail.

"We will eradicate Twitter," Erdoğan told a rally in Bursa in the west of the country. "I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic." There are roughly 10 million Twitter users based in Turkey.

Erdoğan was referring to a recent and highly controversial law, passed by the Turkish Parliament, that allows the government's Telecommunications Board to "shut down" websites based on anything it judges to be "privacy violations." Two weeks ago, he also threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube.

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