Turkey's Attack on Twitter

by shusbands on Mars 20, 2014 - 10:26pm

On CNN.com, I read an article by Ivan Watson and Gul Tuysuz titled “Turkish PM vows to 'eradicate' Twitter, users see service disruptions”.  The article stated that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech at a campaign rally about wiping out Twitter which is 10 days before election.  He stated at this speech that eradicating Twitter has nothing to do with freedom but the world will know their power once they get rid of twitter. Watson and Tuysuz stated that just hours after his speech, pursuant to the article, those users on Twitter starting seeing blackouts and could not access their accounts.  Twitters assisted the members with circumventing the blackout in order to get online.  Twitter was asked by the Turkish government to take some political information down from the website.  Even with a court order, Twitter stated they would not take it down.  Some social network sites have leaked embarrassing recordings of the Prime Minister Erdogan performing some illegal acts.  The article continues to state that is why the Prime Minister possibly wanted to take the websites down. 

The Turkish government along with the Prime Minster are stakeholders involved in the issue along with the citizens of Turkey.  The Prime Minister does not respect the freedom of speech as well as social media.  He should understand that he possible could not try to bully the citizens yet show a positive look on the situation.  Prime Minister could have utilized the social media websites to display that positive outlook on his campaign.  Instead he chooses to go the negative route which made the situation worse.  Now because of website and social media, every around the globe is aware of what type of politician he really is.  This was not the best move for him and his party especially with the election only 10 days away on March 30, 2014.

Ivan Watson and Gul Tuysuz. March 20, 2014. CNN.com. Turkish PM vows to 'eradicate' Twitter, users see service disruptions. Retrieved on March 20, 2014. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/world/europe/turkey-twitter-blackout/index...