Access to Twitter in Turkey has been blocked a few hours after the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to root out the social media network.
The reason behind this reaction came after some wiretapped recordings have been leaked. The recordings came to damage the government’s reputation, before the elections that will take place this month. Actually, this is the reason why authorities have blocked Twitter access.
Consequently, users in Turkey who tried to access the social network on Friday found that they were unable to do so. Actually, when trying to access Twitter, users saw what seemed to be a notice, which indicated that court orders have led to the closure of Twitter.
The decision to ban Twitter has been criticized by many, including the European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, who claimed that this is a censorship and this is how the international community will see it.
The leaked recordings created so much controversy as they put Erdogan in a situation of corruption. However, he naturally denied corruption, saying that the whole recording scandal was fabricated and he is completely innocent. He promised that he will act against Twitter, no matter what the international community says and regardless of what they believe.
The elections are going to take place in Turkey on March 30. The prime minister cannot afford to be in the middle of a scandal now, so there is no wonder that he tries to convince everyone of his innocence.
Until now, Twitter has made absolutely no comments about this whole situation. Statistics reveal that there are more than 10 million Twitter users in this country. Twitter is not the only site affected by censorship. YouTube has been in such a situation for no less than 2 years. The access to this site was blocked because of the videos that were posted here and which insulted the founder of the country, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
It is yet to see how long Twitter will be blocked in Turkey and if users will finally be able to access it.