Turkish Prime Minister Bans Twitter… Turkish People Turn Around And Ban The Ban

from the censorship dept

Over the last few weeks we’ve discussed a few times how Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to ban Twitter. If you don’t follow the details of what’s happening in Turkey, Zeynep Tufecki has a great backgrounder piece in the NY Times. Either way, the threats became reality, as Erdogan flat out announced his intent was to “eradicate Twitter” and also:

I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic

Turkish ISPs followed the orders to block Twitter, but so far, it’s not the power of the Turkish Republic we’re seeing, but the power of people and technology to route around attempts at censorship. Many people quickly turned to VPNs or realized that they could still Tweet via text message… or that they could use alternative DNS providers. In fact, it’s reached such a level that there’s graffiti on the walls in Turkey pointing to Google’s DNS which lets users route around the Twitter block:

And it appears that the people are winning so far, as Turkish Twitter users are still tweeting at quite a rapid rate.

As we had noted earlier, while the Prime Minister has been pushing this, Turkey’s (less powerful) President, Abdullah Gul has been fighting back against these censorship attempts, and even went so far as to get around the ban himself to tweet against the ban and his tweet quickly was retweeted thousands of times.

Twitter itself is apparently looking into legal action to restore the site fully, but so far it seems that basic technology and the will of the people is beating out the “legal” process. As Tufecki has now noted, Erdogan may have banned Twitter in Turkey, but “people in Turkey had banned the ban.”

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TheResidentSkeptic says:

Conversation with IT

PM: ” I want Twitter banned, and I want it now”.

IT: Who is this guy? Doesn’t he know that won’t work? Yeah.. Let’s just shine him on … “Yes Sir! We can implement a DNS block for you”

PM: “OK… that’s what I need. Do it now”

IT: “sure… here you go”

Internet: Damage Detected. Re-routing.

The Wanderer (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Well, I imagine he could institute severe penalties for e.g. having the alternate-DNS-info graffiti up on your building, much less for actually putting it up there. Add draconian enforcement efforts, and he might have some success in that regard.

There would probably also be significant negative consequences from it, but that’s a separate issue.

Murat Y (user link) says:

Twitter Policy

It’s hard to believe it. Erdogan needed freedom and free thought against secular elite. But now he prohibits it. Twitter policy is one reason, we should say. They just don’t care what Turkish courts say. They removed thousands of profiles from USA and Europe but now one from the rest of the world. Is it being used by politicians? Why wouldn’t they remove a pornographic- blackmailing profile?

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