The Republic of Turkey has blocked access to Twitter in the entire country on Friday after a couple of hours PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out” the microblogging site, because they didn’t obey court orders.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an election rally, launched yet another campaign against the microblogging website and defined it as dangerous to national security. “We now have a court order,” said Erdogan. “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”
Recently, two twitter users named aramzadeler, meaning ‘sons of thieves’, and the other Bascalan, or ‘prime thief have posted voice recordings and documents on Twitter that provides evidence of widespread corruption.
Users in Turkey, are getting stumbled on a page published by the Communication Technologies Institution (BTK), which reads that Twitter is banned for the entire country because of the judicial proceedings.
The ban on Twitter in Turkey has backfired and the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey is now trending worldwide, although the service is still accessible via SMS. Twitter’s @policy has shared some instructions for Avea, Vodafone and Turkcell subscribers.
Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.
In a short time, Turks who tried to restore the service, have discovered a workaround as the obstruction is nothing more than a change in DNS by a government entity. Users can access the site by using Google DNS (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124) or Open DNS(126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52).
The issue is getting even more grotesque since Turkey’s president Abdullah Gül has openly criticized the banning of Twitter in the country. “A complete shutdown of social media platforms cannot be approved,” Gül tweeted on Friday. “Also, as I mentioned many times before […] it is not technically possible to shut down Twitter anyway.”