Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the social media in fueling anti-government rhetoric that threatened to “eradicate” twitter at a campaign rally in the city of Bursa on Thursday.
This is a perfect example when freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression are suppressed by the government in order to put people on the dark.
Within hours, Turkish Internet users were reporting widespread interruptions to the service, and hashtags including #TwitterisblockedinTurkey and #DictatorErdogan was trending worldwide.
Freedom of expression campaign group Index of Censorship said the ban, which it called “censorship of which the worst authoritarian regimes would be proud” was “emblematic of the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
Millions of Twitter users from Turkey quickly found ways to circumvent the blockade with the help from Twitter itself, and transcends and animates their anger and frustration at the government’s move.