Furious reaction after Turkey bans Twitter

March 22, 2014 - 5:08:15 am
A Turkish woman uses her smartphone, in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, yesterday.

ANKARA: Turkey’s ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad yesterday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a “digital coup” and the president expressing his disapproval.

A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local elections, to “wipe out” the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Industry Minister Fikri Isik said talks with Twitter were on and the ban would be lifted if the San Francisco-based firm appointed a representative in Turkey and agreed to block specific content when requested by Turkish courts.