Turkish Prime Minister wants to exterminate Twitter social network and on Friday the network remained off bound in much of Turkey. However the move seems to be backfiring.
Days before elections a massive corruption scandal has erupted and incriminating leaks get revealed on the social media. On Thursday night, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a blistering speech to supporters in which he vowed to “eradicate Twitter” to defend the privacy of citizens. A few hours later the social media site was blocked in much of Turkey.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that he does not care what the internationally community felt and the world will see the power of Turkey Republic.
Anonymous Twitter accounts provided links to You Tube audio of conversation between Mr. Erdogan and his son on ways to shift money without attracting Police Scrutiny. Mr. Erdogan called these Audio as completely fake and mischievous and hence the Twitter messaging system has been blocked.
15-month voting cycle will start from March 30th with the elections for the local offices and will culminate with the presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan has made it known that he will not be contesting the elections after nearly 11 years in power. However this can change in future.
Erdogan’s action has support from a section of the Government Ministers who said the ban was necessary to maintain privacy of citizens. Other officials have however criticized the move and the most prominent among them is the President Abdullah Gul who said that the wholesale gagging of the social media cannot be termed right.
Gul is one of the founding members of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and is seen as a rival to Erdogan in the presidential elections. Public opinion polls put Mr. Gul at a higher perch than Erdogan. Despite the ban, more than half a million tweets from Turkey were posted in 10 hours Friday and many users are taking help of virtual private networks and international domain name servers to evade the ban.