There seems to be a trend with Middle-Eastern countries when it comes to allowing the population access to Twitter, as the likes of Egypt and Iran have already blocked access. It now seems as though another country very close to the Middle East has as well, as Turkey has become the latest county to ban Twitter.
Turkey is in a very strange place as a country because there is confusion as to the direction its people and the government wishes to go. Some still wish to embrace the Muslim side, whereas others want to be more like the West.
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While we do not profess to know much about politics, this is surely another issue that could go against Turkey becoming an EU member. They already had problems long before with the Cyprus issue, and then the riots, and now this.
Blocking Turkish citizens access to twitter is not seen as the correct thing to do for a EU country because it takes away their freedom, something we have come to expect as being part of the EU.
If you live in Turkey and try to go onto Twitter, you will then be redirected to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications regulator. This was a slow block, which started last night and quickly spread to the entire country. However, the microblogging SMS service is still available for now.
Do you believe the Turkish government were in their right to block Twitter, or is this just another step in moving away from Europe instead of closer?
In other news, Twitter turned 8 yesterday and has launched a new site showing people their first tweets.