Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey has blocked Twitter – as well as Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. It seems, however, that the Turkish government's plan to censor dissent has backfired, as tweets coming out from Turkey are on the rise.

The block on Twitter, which reportedly affects some 10 million users in Turkey, follows the publication of documents and recordings allegedly exposing corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle.

News reports say that Erdogan promised to “wipe out Twitter” adding that he did not care what the international community says.

Juan Cole describes Erdogan's attempt to block the micro-blogging service as “clumsy”:

Erdogan’s clumsy attempt at internet censorship crashed and burned immediately. Turkish youth are sophisticated about using Tor and VPN workarounds, and the Turkish twittersphere was reconstituted so fast it probably made Erdogan’s head spin.

Erik Meyersson adds:

And Turkish researcher Zeynep Tufekci is all smiles that Turkish Twitter users are making their voices heard despite the ban:

However, she adds:

From Turkey, Engin Onder describes how Turkish Twitter users spread the word on how to circumvent the block:


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