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Twitter blocks two accounts on its Turkish network

The social networking site Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday, after the users were accused of spreading corruption allegations about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his aides. The move came after a series of high-level meetings between the Turkish government and executives from the company last week, and after Ankara provoked a storm in March by trying to ban the network in the country entirely.

Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet

By Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings, purportedly showing corruption in his inner circle, were leaked on their sites.

Turkey PM threatens to 'go after' Twitter for tax evasion

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals. "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks. "Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it."

Court ruling to halt Twitter ban should be respected: Turkish deputy PM

By Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court upheld an appeal on Wednesday to end a blockage of Twitter that has provoked public outrage and drawn international condemnation only days ahead of the critical local elections. But it was not immediately clear if or when the bar would be removed, although Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc urged the Turkey's telecoms authority, which carried out the ban, to respect the court order.

US on Turkey's twitter ban: more tweets than before

The United States on Monday noted there have been more Turkish tweets since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service than before. Turkey's telecommunications authority blocked local access to the US social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after opposition members used the social network to post telephone recordings implicating him in a major corruption scandal. The move has attracted ire from the international community, with Washington on Friday denouncing the blow to "the right to free speech."

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.

Outraged Turks take to Twitter to flaunt government ban

Turkish Twitter users -- led by the country's president -- Friday defied a government ban on the social networking site as world leaders condemned the move and opposition leaders vowed to challenge it in court. The popular micro-blogging site, one of several that has been used to publish allegations of corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle, went dark in Turkey late Thursday. 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.

Outraged Turks take to Twitter to flaunt government ban

Turkish Twitter users -- led by the country's president -- Friday defied a government ban on the social networking site as world leaders condemned the move and opposition leaders vowed to challenge it in court. The popular micro-blogging site, one of several that has been used to publish allegations of corruption in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle, went dark in Turkey late Thursday. 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.

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.
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