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Twitter ban in Turkey: Not completely blocked

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Use of Twitter has been banned in its entirety in Turkey, and the government took action on Friday, March 21, 2014, to block access to the site, according to the Associated Press. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated, 'We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” at a campaign rally on March 20, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. But, many tech-savvy internet users took to the social media site itself to share tips on how to continue to access Twitter despite the blocks.

Twitter's own 'Public Policy Team' has shared tweets to Turkish users, advising them how to send tweets via text messaging with the following guidance: 'Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.' Users can also enable SMS notification of messages and interactions.

Turkey has taken steps to redirect anyone who types in the web address 'twitter.com' by changing the Internet Protocol address. Simply by using a virtual private network (VPN), web users can continue to access Twitter in Turkey by using servers located outside the country (search for 'free VPN' brings up a list of several available options). If you don't mind taking a few steps, Wikileaks Supporter Forum shares specific instructions to change your Domain Name System (DNS) to 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4 to allow access to Twitter.

One step further, users can turn to anonymous web browsing. Downloading and using the free TOR Project web browser bypasses the blockade set up on Turkish web servers, while doing so in complete anonymity. Twitter's most recent tweet was in support of users in Turkey by tweeting, 'We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform. We hope to have full access returned soon.'

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