Turkey blocks Twitter

Social media site blocked for disclosing corruption allegations

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Turkey blocks Twitter Turkish authorities have blocked Twitter after the Turkish prime minsiter's supporters were accused of corruption on the site.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 21, 2014

Authorities in Turkey appear to be blocking Twitter, after the Turkish prime minister vowed to "wipe out" social media sites that criticised his rule.

The popular social media site, which has about 10m users in Turkey, was inaccessible on Friday, with users redirected to a statement from the Turkish telecoms regulator, claiming the site had been taken down for breaching privacy rules.

Twitter has been used in recent weeks to reveal wiretap recordings of prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, which appeared to reveal corruption among his close supporters.

Authorities had asked Twitter to remove certain links, but it had failed to do so, leading to the apparent ban.

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