Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to close down Twitter in a recent statement
By John Vibes
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (INTELLIHUB) — Access to the social media website Twitter has been blocked for residents of Turkey, with the country’s Prime Minister threatening to “erradicate” the website.
“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Prime Minister Erdoğan said at his campaign rally in Bursa on March 20, 10 days before the upcoming local elections.
The Press Advisory of the Prime Ministry later clarified Erdoğan’s statement, arguing that Twitter officials currently “ignore” some court rulings in Turkey, which order the social media platform to “remove some links” as per the complaints filed by Turkish citizens.
“[In Erdoğan’s speech] it is stated that as long as Twitter fails to change its attitude of ignoring court rulings and not doing what is necessary according to the law, technically, there might not be a remedy but to block access in order to relieve our citizens,” the statement said.
For the past year there has been widespread resistance and revolt all throughout Turkey, with the president nearly being taken from power last year after a revolution began. While retaining power he has continued to violently put down protest movements and wage an extensive censorship campaign on the internet and media.