(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Turkey Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has banned the use of Twitter from the Turkish people in an attempt to stop the circulation of damaging information against him and his family, only to have his order backfire days later.
“I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” said Erdogan.
According to CBCNews, Turkey’s telecommunications providers were ordered to block the social media site from its users.
Despite the government’s control, many users have continued to post tweets from the country using anti-censorship software such as Psiphon and VPNs.
This mandate has left many of people in the Turkish community upset, including Turkey President Abdullah Gul who posted on Twitter saying,” The shutdown of an entire social platform is unacceptable. I hope this measure will not last long.”
Turkey has become the second country to ban the social media site, with the first being China. Around 30% of the country’s citizens use Twitter, which is more than 11 million people.