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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    avideogameplayer, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:06am

    Now we know who the REAL turkeys are...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:08am

    Mister Erdogan, welcome to the 21st century. Apparently you have been asleep since the early 20th century, when phones were a novelty and criticizing leaders was still a capital crime...

     

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    TheResidentSkeptic (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:22am

    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.

     

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    Glen, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:26am

    Talk about a short memory. Did he bury his head in the sand when the Arab Spring was in motion?

     

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    Watchit (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:30am

    It's really sad seeing this. Turkey was such an open country last I visited...

     

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    Call me Al, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:32am

    "Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic's state"

    I wonder if he is regretting being quite so bombastic considering their power is looking pretty ineffectual right now.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:37am

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    I doubt it. Being bombastic is itself a sign of weakness.

     

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    Just Another Anonymous Troll, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 9:40am

    I worry now that the Prime Minister will ban the banning of the ban.

     

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    Michael, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 10:09am

    To complete the circle of stupidity, all he has to do is stand on an aircraft carrier and declare victory.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 10:33am

    Much like QE1 did

    Much like what Queen Elizabeth the First would do when someone "royally" pissed her off, I fully expect this bonehead Erdogan to shout from the top of the presidential palace "Off with their heads!"...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 11:12am

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    I guess he is not savvy enough to be aware of that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 11:12am

    I applaud the turkish people

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 11:30am

    When technologically impaired people try to make new rules... always hilarious. A DNS block should not be spun as a ban, however you want to put it; it's just a bad blocking attempt done by people that think they know a lot but really don't.

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 2:17pm

    Still not effective enough to ban infringing photos of the insides of libraries.

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Mar 21st, 2014 @ 2:19pm

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    In order to do that he'd have to shut down every ISP. Or cut the power, if LAN networks start spawning.

    Basically, any machine that is even so much as connected to ONE other machine outside the country is a threat.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 4:09pm

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    Behavior like his suggests that his head is not in the sand, it's the other way around.

     

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    Anono Mizer, Mar 21st, 2014 @ 6:10pm

    Dear Mr. Erdogan

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

    Which is dwarfed only by the ignorance of the Turkish Prime Minister.

     

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    The Wanderer (profile), Mar 22nd, 2014 @ 12:49pm

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    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.

     

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    Murat Y, Apr 1st, 2014 @ 12:35am

    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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