Turkey responsible for over 90% of repressed tweets in H2 2014

Country renews clampdown on social media

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Turkey responsible for over 90% of repressed tweets in H2 2014
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 8, 2015

Turkey accounted for more than 90% of tweets blocked by Twitter worldwide during the second half of 2014, the Financial Times reported.

An early draft of Twitter's bi-yearly transparency report showed 1,820 tweets had been blocked or removed by Twitter following requests from Turkish authorities, compared with a global total of 1,982 withheld tweets.

The figures show a marked escalation in Turkey's attempts to clamp down on social platforms. In the first half of 2014, Turkish requests for withheld tweets stood at just 183.

A constitutional court instructed Ankara's government to reinstate national access to YouTube and Twitter, after the services were blocked by authorities last year.

Turkey's estimated 12m Twitter users is relatively high, given the number of Internet users in the country. Twitter has around 288m users worldwide.

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