YouTube and Twitter are two sites that are frequently asked to adjust their content to their country’s censorship rules. Less than one year ago, Turkey asked YouTube to make some modifications which were not solved in any way. As a consequence, Turkey has taken into consideration the idea of making the usage of some sites illegal in the whole country. Now it’s Twitter’s turn: the site has been threatened to be banned by Turkey is it doesn’t censor the account to an opposition newspaper, called the BirGun.
The newspaper’s Twitter account is called @BirGun_Gazetesi, and it has shared documents about a military police raid that was concerning Turkish Intelligence Agency trucks. They were travelling to Syria about one year ago, in January. Most probably, the trucks were carrying weapons that were designed to be used to fight the regime in Syria. The denial of this kind of activities came promptly from the government of Turkey. In addition, the officials affirmed that the material from the trucks was planned to help the Turkish minority in Syria who has suffered from conflicts since 2011. A local court in southern Turkey has released an order meant to bar coverage of this same investigation, as it violates and interferes with national security. Furthermore, all media that published details, researches and data about that event and legal proceedings of the raid, are endorsed to be banned.
As a response, Twitter erased some of the posts of that newspaper’s account. Facebook and Google Plus did the same, in the following days. However, the newspaper’s editors continued in posting about the subject and in ignoring any demand of any sort. Therefore, the Turkish government now want to shut down the site in the country, because they really expected the entire blockage of the Twitter account BirSun, in such unfriendly and unresponsive conditions. This situation is a vivid reminder to all Twitter and YouTube users who have experienced the same treatment last March when, due to similar reasons regarding politics and war gun problems. Fortunately, the sites were back on track in two months after their closing.
Nu Wexler, a Twitter spokesman talked to the press about the incident.
“Out of the almost 60,000 tweets on the account, Twitter withheld access in Turkey to the small number of tweets that discussed the national security issue referenced in the order. We continue to work diligently to protect the rights of our users and preserve access for millions of Twitter users in Turkey.”
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