Science & technology
Twitter blocks accounts critical of Turkish gov’tPublish Date: Apr 22, 2014
Twitter blocks accounts critical of Turkish gov’t
  • mail
  • img
newvision

TWITTER appears to have blocked two anonymous accounts that were used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior government officials in a damning corruption scandal.

Twitter agreed last week to comply with the Turkish government and close some accounts that officials said had breached national security, Reuters reported.

Two accounts blocked on Sunday — @Haramzadeler333 and @Bascalan — each had more than 400,000 followers and leaked secretly recorded phone conversations and documents implicating the prime minister and his inner circle in a wide-ranging scandal.

The two accounts were listed as “withheld” from within the country over the weekend, the Agence France-Presse reported.

Twitter said in a tweet on its policy feed: “Reminder: Our Country Withheld Content Policy means we act after due process, e.g., a court order”.

“We don’t withhold content at the mere request of a gov’t official and we may appeal a court order when it threatens freedom of expression,” it said.

The move comes after months of efforts by Mr. Erdogan to crack down on social media after recordings leaked in December on the two Twitter accounts, and later on YouTube.

Twitter and YouTube were blocked in the country for two weeks leading up to the nationwide municipal elections. The ban on Twitter was lifted on April 3 but YouTube remains blocked in the country despite two separate court orders calling for it to be lifted.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Yahoo builds mobile muscle with Flurry buy
Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications....
China Internet population reaches 632 million
China is now home to 632 million Internet users, a government agency said Monday, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown....
ABB, Volvo reveal tie-up on fast-recharge electric buses
Electric buses which can recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops are to be developed by Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden...
Finland cashes in on cold by luring data storage firms
With freezing winters where the mercury can sink well below zero and cool summers, Finland will never be a destination of choice for the world''s sun-seekers....
Amazon launches unlimited e-book subscription plan
US online giant Amazon unveiled a Netflix-style subscription plan Friday for unlimited access to e-books, a move which could shake up the world of publishing....
Sub-Saharan Africa moves up innovations rankings
Sub-Saharan Africa has significantly improved on the Global Innovation Index as Switzerland claims the top spot for the fourth-straight year....
With the recent increase of the HIV prevelance rate, Is Uganda losing the fight against the disease?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter