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Turkey defends Twitter ban to prevent 'character assassination'

Turkey's government on Saturday defended its internationally condemned ban on Twitter as a "preventive measure" after the social networking site was awash with recordings highlighting alleged public corruption. "Twitter has been used as a means to carry out systematic character assassinations by circulating illegally acquired recordings, fake and fabricated records of wiretapping," the prime minister's office of public diplomacy said in a statement sent to AFP in English.

Outraged Turks take to Twitter to defy government ban

Turkey's president on Friday led the country's Twitter users in defying a government ban on the social networking site that has been condemned by world leaders. Opposition leaders said they would mount a legal challenge to the ban on the popular site, one of several that has been used to publish allegations of corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle. Turkish President Abdullah Gul, a frequent user of social media, led the chorus of calls against the move, which comes days ahead of key local elections on March 30.

Turkey's Twitter ban appears to backfire

The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara's efforts were backfiring. After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of help from activists, Internet companies and others. "Trying to ban Twitter has backfired," said Philip Howard, who heads the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

Turkey's Twitter ban appears to backfire

The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara's efforts were backfiring. After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of help from activists, Internet companies and others. "Trying to ban Twitter has backfired," said Philip Howard, who heads the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

Twittersphere rallies to help Turks by-pass block

The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara's efforts are backfiring. After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to to "wipe out" Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of help from activists, Internet companies and others. "Trying to ban Twitter has backfired," said Philip Howard, who heads the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

Twittersphere rallies to help Turks by-pass block

The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara's efforts are backfiring. After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to to "wipe out" Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of help from activists, Internet companies and others. "Trying to ban Twitter has backfired," said Philip Howard, who heads the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

Turkish president says on Twitter social media bans unacceptable

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Friday that it was unacceptable to impose complete bans on social media platforms after a court decision to block access to Twitter. Writing on Twitter, Gul said only individual Internet pages should be blocked if a court ruled that an individual's privacy had been violated, adding he hoped the current block would not last long. (Reporting by Seda Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Alison Williams)

Turkish president sends tweet denouncing government Twitter ban

Turkish President Abdullah Gul tweeted on Friday to denounce the government's ban on Twitter, which had been introduced just hours earlier. "A complete ban on social media platforms cannot be approved," tweeted the president to his more than four million followers. Gul, a frequent user of social media, said it was not "technically possible to totally block access to platforms used all over the world". Turkish authorities had blocked access to Twitter late Thursday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the social network.

Turkey blocks Twitter after PM's threat to 'wipe out' service

Twitter went dark in Turkey late Thursday, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the social network which, along with others, was highlighting corruption allegations against his inner circle. The state-run Anatolia news agency said authorities "technically blocked access to Twitter" because the service had ignored various Turkish court orders to remove some links deemed illegal. Twitter responded by saying on its official @policy feed that Turks could get around the block by tweeting through mobile telephone text services.

Turkey blocks access to Twitter after PM's threat

Turkey blocked access to Twitter late Thursday, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the online messaging service, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. Twitter's public policy team immediately said on its official @policy feed that Turks could get around the block by tweeting through mobile telephone text services. fo/rmb
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