Twitter Goes Dark In Turkey Hours After The Country’s PM Threatened To “Wipe Out” The Service


After the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan promised that he would “wipe out” Twitter after it apparently ignored court orders asking the site to remove certain corruption allegations, the service has gone dark in the country.

The situation is developing: a site that lets the public track decisions made by the courts over Internet communications indicates that today the “İstanbul Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı (TMK 10. Maddesi İle Görevli) has been implemented by Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı” — it’s the most recent of four Twitter-related decisions made by the court.

A Twitter spokesperson tells us, “We’re looking into this now.” Twitter’s @policy and (very little used) @twitterTurkey accounts are also providing updates.

So far, that has offered users a way of posting tweets by way of SMS messages:

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