Turkey’s Twitter Block is first leg of Social Media Blackout

**Update 23rd July, 2015**

Twitter was in the limelight again, when a court in Suruç – Turkey asked the ISPs to temporarily ban it in order to stop the circulation of the pictures of the aftermath of a suicide bombing which claimed the lives of 32 young people. Facebook and Youtube were quick enough to comply with the initial instructions and therefore escaped the ruling ban by a thing margin.

Turkey requested Twitter to remove the URLs to ensure the public does not get hold off the disturbing images after the suicide attack. According to Reuters, Twitter had already removed 50 of the 107 URLs and was working on to remove the remaining to make sure it fully complied with the court’s ruling. This is not the first time that it has happened; Twitter was also banned in Turkey in 2013 after a picture of a terrorist holding a gun on the President emerged on the social media.

On March 6, 2014, VPNRanks.com published a story on Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to invoke a Social Media blackout in the near future.

Today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to have taken his words to the next level. Initial reports are suggesting that Turkey’s Telecommunication Authority has blocked Twitter across the country.

BBC News confirmed that the Twitter ban is apparently taking effect slowly but steadily. The ban was promulgated under the Turkish Prime Minister’s decision to stifle social media in Turkey in order to suppress anti-government sentiments among the Turkish people.

Evidence has been piling up against the Turkish Prime Minister for some time now, and the President perceives that the best solution to the problem is to impose a social media black-out in the country. The blocking of twitter can very well be the first stage of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s promised social media ban, and more internet usage restrictions expected to follow in the near future.

Read more Here: Top 5 Turkey VPN to fight Turkey’s Social Media Blackout

Around half of Turkey’s population uses internet and literacy rate is exceptionally high, and people use Twitter and Facebook – the two most popular social networking sites – extensively.

It is expected that the move to ban Twitter is expected to raise the public resentment towards the government, at least until the Turkish people learn about the blessing that is VPN.

Using a US, UK or Canada IP address from a VPN’s server selection feature, an individual living in Turkey will be able to circumvent any internet restrictions that the Turkish government imposes on the  social websites. This also questions the efficacy of the move to ban social media in Turkey, as similar attempts (The Great Firewall of China) have been quashed in the past through extensive VPN usage.

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