Breaking Report’s that Twitter has been blocked to Turkish citizens by the Turkish Government. Not all but some of the service providers in Turkey have blocked access to Twitter. It is unknown right now if the remaining service providers will have the same fate.
Turkish Telecommunication Ministry confirms four court orders blocking twitter.
‘We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says,’ Turkish PM Erdoğan said at his campaign rally in Bursa.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to close down Twitter, two weeks after saying he would shut down Facebook and YouTube “if necessary.”
“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdoğan said at his campaign rally in the western city of Bursa on March 20, 10 days before the upcoming local elections.
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On Feb. 25, Erdoğan had accused a “robot lobby” of targeting the government through Twitter messages, while strongly denying the authenticity of new phone recordings leaked onto the Internet and implicating his government in corruption allegations.
During the Gezi Park protests last June, Erdoğan described the microblogging website as a “trouble,” claiming that “unmitigated lies are there [on Twitter].”
On March 6, Turkey’s premier had also threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube “if necessary,” via a controversial recently passed law.
Meanwhile, Twitter has recently started to remove fake accounts created in Turkey with allegedly “manipulative” political motives. Twitter has become an increasingly bitter battleground between pro- and anti-government forces in Turkey in recent months.
Some methods to evade the ban, including using SMS, changing DNS server settings, the use of VPNs, and how to install Tor.
Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.
— Policy (@policy) March 20, 2014
TunnelBear has provided free VPN access to users in Turkey today to help people circumvent the Twitter ban. Nice move indeed.
Here is a list of methods for Turkish speakers: https://eksisozluk.com/entry/41316878