Turkey Lifts Ban On Twitter (Until Next Election?)

Tyler Durden's picture

Having successfully negotiated the exposure of a potential "false flag" attack on Syria, corruption probes, financial system chaos, court rulings of the ban's unconstitutionality, and a "successful" election, Turkey's Erdogan has decided to lift the ban on Twitter...


As WSJ reports,

Turkey's telecom regulator on Thursday signaled that it would stop blocking Twitter with government officials saying the microblogging site would soon be accessible two weeks after it was banned ahead of crucial elections.


Turkey's Telecommunications Board, or TIB, removed a court ruling from its website that had been used to justify the ban shortly after 5 p.m. local time. At 5:30 p.m., Twitter still couldn't be directly accessed, forcing users to continue seeking technical workarounds like virtual private networks. The TIB later said that the block on Twitter would be "lifted right after the necessary technical steps are taken."


The telecoms watchdog's website still displayed court rulings blocking YouTube, in a sign that the video-sharing platform could be poised to remain inaccessible.


The move comes a day after Turkey's top court ruled that the Twitter ban was "illegal, arbitrary and seriously restricting the right to obtain information."

Interesting that this move comes right after the US specifically called for it...

Late Wednesday, the U.S. State Department reiterated its call for Ankara to quickly lift the ban. "We think it needs to end, and if there has been a court decision, we think it needs to be implemented quickly, as quickly as possible," Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson at the U.S. State Department, said, according to an official transcript of a press briefing on Wednesday. "Obviously we don't think YouTube should be banned either," she said.

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PlusTic's picture

fukking pussies with no intestinal fortitude...should have blocked them forever!

fonestar's picture

What any government says is not important.  All they have is words while we have technology.

i-dog's picture

We also have those who can analyse for the truth.

Here is Sibel Edmonds (a Turkish-speaking former FBI analyst and translator) analysing the leak and pointing out how contrived it really was:


She points out how it was NATO (not the Russians, or anybody else) who probably leaked it, in order to disrupt the election chances of their former favourite, Erdogan.

I don't blame him (in this instance) for shutting down the sole means of distributing this agitprop to the unsuspecting masses.

Ghordius's picture

+1, very interesting, i-dog, thanks. though I'm not even 100% convinced that the conversation really happened at all. sure, it's credible and likely, yet... I still smell a very well done Russian Psy-Ops. (no, I'm not a friend of Erdogan at all, nor in favour of an attack on Syria)

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

I agree that Erdogan acted prudently in shutting down Twitter, and I said so at the time. It would not be right for any government to allow their country to plunge into chaos just because some leaked conversation "goes viral." The internet does not give anonymous malefactors the license to create mayhem under the pretense of democratizing information.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Ah, but meanwhile in Cuba -- thanks to the CYA and "Not Surveilling All"...


USAID staff had noted that text messaging had been a popular fuse in starting political uprisings in Moldova and the Philippines. At its peak, the site had more than 40,000 subscribers, who were never aware that the network was created by the US government.

"There will be absolutely no mention of United States government involvement," according to a 2010 memo from Mobile Accord, one of the project's contractors. "This is absolutely crucial for the long-term success of the service and to ensure the success of the mission."

To try and hide their tracks, they used a maze of different companies, with a bank account from the Cayman Islands to make sure that no one could ever find out this was an operation set up by the United States.

Although the project had hoped to obtain 400,000 subscribers, they eventually decided to cap the number at 40,000 by the end March 2011, which was less than one percent of the population of Cuba.

Interest was being lost in the project with every month that passed, and, by the summer of 2012, Cubans began to complain that the service was inconsistent, and then one day it just disappeared.


NotApplicable's picture

I'm going to assume they've put appropriate filters in place.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

In Portuguese, a 'turkey' is called a 'peru'. This is a rather bizarre coincidence, where a word that is also a country translates to a word that is also a country.

_SILENCER's picture



Linguistic malfunction.

Save_America1st's picture

Off topic, but this is so fucked up. More government terrorism of private citizens who aren't doing anything wrong:


The Abstraction of Justice's picture

Is there anything left in America to save?

Bill of Rights's picture

Man this is rich...Cops fatally shoot man who allegedly pointed gun at them




After observing the alleged transaction, police approached the man, who fled on foot. During the chase, police observed the man running while “clutching an unknown object in his wasteband.”


"My baby didn't do nothing"




Obama will get to the bottom of this lolzzzzzzzz