During an election rally Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared, “We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the international community says.” Some hours later the micro-blogging site was blocked in the country causing outrage around the world.
However, the plan seems to have backfired. According to online news site Zete.com, there have been almost 2.5 million tweets, 17 000 tweets per minute, from Turkey since the ban came into effect, which would indicate a new record for the already active 10 million Turkish Twitter users.
One of the tweeps defying the ban was President Abdullah Gul who even criticised the ban in a tweet, “The shutdown of an entire social platform is unacceptable.” Turkish leaders including Ankara mayor Melih Gökcek and deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç followed in his footsteps and continued using the powerful social media platform.
Many ridiculed the ban…
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...others raised their concern…
Bulent Kenes @bkenes
European Union 'gravely concerned' over Twitter ban in Turkey http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=342679 … via @todayszamancom #TwitterisblockedinTurkey
Sherif Elsayed-Ali @sherifea
Pre-election Twitter shutdown brings internet freedom to a new low | Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/turkey-pre-election-twitter-shutdown-brings-internet-freedom-new-low-2014-03-21 … #TwitterisblockedinTurkey
...there were also tip on how to get around it…