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Tweets from Turkey: Twitter Roars After Effort to Block it.

In Turkey, Twitter Roars After Effort to Block It

ISTANBUL — It is a sign of the difficulty of banning Twitter in the age of Twitter that within hours of the Turkish government’s attempt to block the social media site, President Abdullah Gul was one of thousands of Turks who protested the ban — using Twitter.
“Shutting down social media platforms cannot be approved,” Mr. Gul posted on Twitter on Friday, adding that “it is not technically possible to fully block access to globally active platforms like Twitter, anyway.”

While Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country of 79 million people, has long sought to portray itself as a model of democracy in a restive region, critics both inside and outside the country denounced the government’s ban as a “digital coup” more befitting China or North Korea. They, too, of course, did so over Twitter.
Echoing outrage from across the world, Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, wrote on Twitter that “The Twitter ban in #Turkey is groundless, pointless, cowardly. Turkish people and intl community will see this as censorship. It is.”

At the very least, it seemed a clear attempt to shoot the digital messenger, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan grows increasingly frustrated with how social media networks have been used to fan a scandal that now presents perhaps the biggest challenge to his authority since he came to power 11 years ago.

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While I don’t participate in social media such as Twitter, I found this book to be really interesting a few years back. It records the Arab spring in real time tweets as protests were going on.

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It's funny. When will these governing bodies understand that when you try to ban something, it will only make people find a way around the ban. Also like the video said, Turkey has the 3rd highest amount of Twitter users. It'd be 2 thing if Twitter had just always been banned, but to have that many twitter users that have had access to twitter that long and all the sudden one day say....'sorry, I've been caught in a scandal...no more twitter for you guys' lol....why does anyone think that will work?

It's just like youtube and fb being 'banned' in China. It's way too easy to get around, so what's the point?

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