from the what-good-is-a-phone-call-if-you-are-unable-to-speak dept.
"Within the same day as the PM announced his intention to do so (previous story here), Twitter has been blocked in Turkey. Reports say that it is currently possible to circumvent the ban by using Google DNS. But the word is, they will not only prevent this method, but also block Facebook and Youtube."
"Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" twitter and possibly other social networking sites.
For a few months now, a series of unverified incriminating surveillance tapes are being released regularly on Twitter alleging that they 'prove' that high ranking government officials including the PM, are committing bribery, corruption and censorship. The tapes and footage are alleged to have been collected as a part of secret criminal investigation which became public in late December by arresting relatives of ministers close to Erdogan. With a quick maneuver, the government removed all the state attorneys, judges, and police which, it is claimed, he deemed a threat and ordered to destruction of all the collected evidence to prevent the investigation from proceeding.
But it is alleged that the evidence collected for the investigation is now being leaked on Twitter and this is said by some to 'show the depths of the corruption for anyone with a Twitter account'. Erdogan, who has been trying to discredit the evidence, has now moved to shutting down the social networking sites altogether, which might start happening after the local elections in 10 days."
[Eds Note: Under the Turkish Constitution, members of the Turkish Parliament have judicial immunity, not only for what they say but also for what they do, including crime.]
"Following up on the earlier story where Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan put a nation-wide ban on Twitter after they didn't remove content that made him look less than stellar, Turkish citizens reacted in much the same that file-sharers around the world have done when sites such as The Pirate Bay were blocked by their ISPs. They took to the open web to spread the word on how to circumvent web censorship but in a fresh twist, they also took to the streets posting information, graffiti with DNS records to the point where according to analysis site Zete.com, tweets in Turkey before the ban numbered 10 million a day they now sit at 24 million.
The Turkish Government responded in turn by (Google Translation) blocking Google's DNS."