The Turkish government blocked Twitter on Thursday night.
After telephone conversations and leaked documents were leaked over the social network which appeared to implicate high-ranking officials and some of their relatives and associates in a widespread corruption investigation, it might be the best they could do.
It probably had something to do with the upcoming elections. Regardless, any sense of security that the politicians may feel from banning Twitter is bound to be short lived.
If anything, the act has fueled the discontent among the Turks.
And it’s not just the locals. The government of the country, already not held in the highest regard worldwide, has been getting a lot of flak from the international community, including celebrities:
Is Twitter genuinely blocked in Turkey? If so, this is shameful and scary.— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) March 20, 2014
The Twitter ban in #Turkey is groundless, pointless, cowardly. Turkish people and intl community will see this as censorship. It is.— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) March 20, 2014
What Turkey hasn’t learned from the world is that the masses cannot be stopped.
In spite of 'block' there have been 272K tweets using #TwitterisblockedinTurkey in past 3hrs. 207K of those from Turkey itself.— Anne-Marie Tomchak (@AMTomchak) March 21, 2014
Freedom of thought is the line that you should have know not to cross, #DictatorErdogan. Seems like something is really frightens you!— Eng. (@xBluetune) March 21, 2014
Twitter itself has been out to help:
Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.— Policy (@policy) March 20, 2014
It’s about time regimes come to realize that cuffing and gagging does not stop anyone, especially not an unhappy and bent for change nation.