Turkey vs Twitter

March 24th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

’s government on Saturday accused of allowing “systematic character assassinations” a day after social media users easily evaded a government attempt to block access to the network.

The attempted crackdown came after links to wiretapped recordings suggesting corruption were posted on Twitter, causing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government major embarrassment before local elections on March 30.

The government’s effort to shut down the service backfired on Friday, with many finding ways to continue to tweet and mock the government for what they said was a futile attempt at censorship. Even President Abdullah Gul worked around the ban, tweeting that shutting down social media networks cannot “be approved.” Turkey’s move to block Twitter sparked a wave of international criticism.

Sad to see a country head down the path towards attempted censorship of the Internet. Of course it has backfired.

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15 Responses to “Turkey vs Twitter”

  1. davidp (3,557 comments) says:

    Erdogan wants to ban Twitter. Cunliffe wanted to ban Facebook. It’s like their authoritarian failure is contagious.

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  2. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Stupid Turkish fools.
    Thank goodness that cellphones are widespread in Turkey (and throughout the world) so that people can get around pathetic totalitarian nonsense like this (by simply texting).

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  3. Tempist (9 comments) says:

    Standard Labour approach: if you can’t control it, ban it; if you can’t ban it, tax it; if you can’t tax it, nationalise it – KiwiNet anyone?

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  4. Bob R (1,357 comments) says:

    Attempting to censor the internet, no wonder they’re trying to join the EU.

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  5. nasska (10,910 comments) says:

    One bit of info out of the doomed Flight MH370 fiasco dealt with the captain receiving a phone call from an unidentified cellphone in the two hours before takeoff. It seems that in Malaya identity must be produced before anyone can buy a SIM card.

    The restriction is purported to be an anti terrorism measure but what’s the bet that our ever zealous, nosey “protectors of our freedoms” are not eyeing up similar measures.

    Worthy of note is that in the case of the Malaysian incident the purchaser merely used a fake ID but think how many honest people were inconvenienced for no useful purpose.

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  6. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    @Bob R – “Attempting to censor the internet, no wonder they’re trying to join the EU.”

    Agreed. The EU is doing its best to become a totalitarian body like the North Korean government.
    For example, they’re trying to outlaw the criticism of Islam. If that comes in there, bad luck if there’s a whopping great mosque built in your town. Bad luck if the Muslims come in and start “grooming” and then raping young girls (as they have in the UK).
    You won’t be able to complain about it.

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  7. Bob R (1,357 comments) says:

    ***The EU is doing its best to become a totalitarian body like the North Korean government.***

    @ thor42,

    Yes, although I think an even more apt comparison is the old Soviet USSR. Blogger Mencius Moldbug points out that his grandparents, who were members of the US Communist Party, used the word “progressive” as a code word for communist. The EU of course prides itself on being progressive and universalist.

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  8. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    You must admit though nasska that crim.con’s SIM card could make interesting reading! :)

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  9. nasska (10,910 comments) says:

    Neither he nor the political left would rest easy if his phone went missing JB….Whale’s probably on to it. :)

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  10. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    I bet the GCSB has already tapped it nasska if their surveillance team can figure out which plug to pop into which hole at the exchange! :)

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  11. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Old Missus Murgatroyd that used to run the Ekatahuna exchange could have told them what to do! :)

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  12. nasska (10,910 comments) says:

    Remember that era JB…..number please, line’s engaged, party lines, one long two shorts, eavesdroppers.

    And then we have grippers reminiscing about the good old days. :)

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  13. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Oh what fun it has all been tonight again!

    Night y’all! :)

    (You too Minus! :) )

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  14. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Wussell and Tojo have similar thoughts. Wait till the hate speech starts again, we will have bannings at will.

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  15. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

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