Twitter blocked in Turkey after PM vows to 'eradicate' social network

Twitter users in Turkey have been left trying to find new ways to use the social network, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday vowed to "eradicate" it.

Twitter: users in Turkey are blocked from using the social network
Twitter: users in Turkey are blocked from using the social network

Speaking at a rally, Erdogan reportedly told the crowd: "We will wipe out all of these. The international community can say this, can say that. Everyone will see the power of the Turkish Republic."

Hours later, Turkey’s 10 million Twitter users attempting to access the social media site encountered a message from Turkey’s telecoms regulator citing a court order to enforce "protection measures" on Twitter.

The move comes days ahead of local elections in Turkey, with Erdogan battling corruption allegations, after the police arrested three sons of cabinet ministers and businessmen with close connections to the prime minister.

Twitter has yet to make a full statement on the subject, but told media outlets it is investigating whether it has been banned. It has posted a tweet in both English and Turkish advising how users can continue to tweet in the country via SMS.

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