Mar 20, 2014
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters/Umit Bektas)
Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site.
Just before midnight, access to Twitter was blocked, Hurriyet Daily reports.
“We now have a court order. We will wipe out Twitter,” the Islamist-leaning leader told a crowd of adulating supporters during a campaign rally in the northwestern city of Bursa on Thursday, AFP reported.
“I don’t care what the international community says. They will see the Turkish republic’s strength,” Erdogan added.
According to the Press Advisory of the Prime Ministry, Twitter officials are currently ignoring court rulings demanding they remove some links.
“[In Erdogan’s speech] it is stated that as long as Twitter fails to change its attitude…
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