Turkey’s Tweets Can’t Be Silenced

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Twitter was banned last week in Turkey after allegations of government corruption were tweeted and not removed by Twitter.

The government banned the popular social network by creating a DNS redirection, which caused users to be redirected to a holding page instead of the original website.

There has actually been an increased amount of tweets sent from Turkey since the ban as locals find ways around it by tweeting via virtual private networks (VPN), an anonymous web browser called Tor, and text messages, said security expert Rik Ferguson. (BBC)

The ban goes against the right to freedom of information, which is protected by the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The international community has condemned the ban and asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to unblock Twitter. (Mashable)

Speaking at an election rally for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan dismissed Western and domestic criticism of the ban, telling the tens of thousands gathered: “I don’t care who it is. I’m not listening.” (Buzzfeed)

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