Turkey Blocks Twitter at IP Level

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Turkey has become even more aggressive in controlling its people?s Twitter access by blocking the service?s IP address. This means that changing DNS servers, whether it be Open DNS or Google, DNS, will no longer provide Twitter access for the country?s residents. The report came from sources in Turkey and a DNS provider.

A Preventive Measure by the Government

Turkey continues to block backdoor access to online communication service providers such as Twitter through Google DNS. The country has been cracking down social media and YouTube could be the next target after refusing to take down videos allegedly exhibiting government corruption. The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called their aggressive movement to ban social media in Turkey as a preventive measure.

The service was used by citizens to spread the news about their country?s corruption. The government said in a statement that Twitter has been used to carry out character assassinations by spreading fake recorded wiretapping and illegally acquired recordings. Though the DNS service was blocked, OpenDNS remains available.

Twitter Access through VPN


However, blocking Twitter at IP level will make it extremely difficult for residents to access the social media. The government?s decision on this matter makes DNS services useless. Residents may have to find another way to get into Twitter, such as using VPN services or through an anonymity network. Turkey?s drive to reduce usage of the social media has just created an interestingly opposite effect. Residents who have found ways to access Twitter have been tweeting more than before the country sought to block it.

YouTube, You Could Be Next. Again.

Twitter is not the only online communications service provider that could be banned in Turkey. As mentioned earlier in this article, YouTube could be the next. The government has requested the social media to remove videos linking to allegations on the country?s corruption. YouTube, however, refused to do it. An employee of the social media told the Wall Street Journal that they feel an immediate threat.

This will not be the first time that the video ? sharing site will be banned in Turkey. In fact, YouTube had been banned in the country several times between the year 2007 and 2010. In case this happens, this won?t surprise the company.

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