Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a mission to “eradicate Twitter.”
Erdogan announced Thursday that his administration had received a court order to ban Twitter in the country.
“We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,”Erdogan said in a public address Thursday.
The Washington Post reported:
Erdogan's showdown with Twitter has been long coming. In mid-2013, thousands of protests ripped across Turkey ostensibly in opposition to a proposed urban development of Istanbul?s Taksim Gezi Park. But many say that discontent was more rooted in the government's shift away from secularism -- Erdogan is Muslim -- and its recent crackdown on freedom of press and expression.
Within a few hours, Twitter was inaccessible for Turkey’s citizens. Well, almost.
Twitter is still accessible through the site’s text messaging service, and many Turks are taking full advantage. Overnight, the hashtag #TwitterisblockinTurkey exploded on the social media site. Users of the hashtag were not only Turks, but those who supported the country’s freedom of speech.
Ironically, Erdogan himself has a personal Twitter account. He hasn’t tweeted since attempting to initiate a blackout.