Turkey restricted two prominent accounts of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) alleging that the accounts were used to flow information that ostensibly links the Prime Minister and other senior politicians to the corruption scandal. Both the accounts have 537,000 and 431,000 Twitter followers.
Twitter complying with court orders
The accounts @HARAMZADELER333 and @BASCALAN, which have been widely used to share information on the scandals involving Turkey’s Prime Minister and other senior politicians, can be accessed by the overseas users, but the Turkey users are banned from using the link and view their content.
Users from Turkey can use a VPN service to see the content of these accounts even though the government closed the Google’s DNS servicecouple of week back, which implies that commonly chosen option will not work, says a report from The Next Web.
Previously, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) wrote in a blog about the limitations and orders it is facing in Turkey, but have not yet mentioned the latest one. However, the company tweeted from it @policy account that it is complying with a court order by blocking the content in Turkey, but not provided the users information.
Fuss between PM And Twitter
Ever since the micro blogging company has been used actively in unearthing the scandals of Turkey government, it is facing stiff opposition from the Turkish Prime Minister, who is also allegedly involved in the scandal. Few days back, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan slapped Twitter with Tax evasion accusations.
Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), YouTube and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are “international companies established for profit and making money,” Erdogan said, and added, “Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it.”
Previously, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) was given a clean chit by the court, but Erdogan differed from the court ruling saying that the Turkish activists are playing down the democratic principles. Erdogan rejected court rulings, and says that the government is acting in accordance with verdict only because it is a court ruling.
Google’s YouTube is still restricted in the country for holding the audio tape of the topmost Turkish officials, who can be heard discussing the potential plans for the military intercession in Syria. Turkey took a lot of criticism globally for restricting the social networking sites
According to the Prime Minister, the leaks are “villainous” and are pointed towards his party and elections. The feud between the micro blogging site and Erdogan continues as the prime minister blames Twitter for posting lies.