Turks Lash Out At Authorities Over Twitter Block

The social networking site was apparently blocked after suicide bombing videos went viral

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech in Ankara, June 11 — REUTERS
Jul 22, 2015 at 5:59 AM ET

Turkish Twitter users slammed authorities Wednesday for allegedly blocking access to the social networking site after videos of a suicide attack in the Turkish town of Suruc were widely shared across the online platform.

Users posted the hashtag #TwitterBlockInTurkey to express frustration that they couldn’t access the site normally. By Wednesday afternoon, the hashtag was tweeted more than 3,000 times, making it the most popular at that time in the country.

Many Twitter user said they used VPNs to access the website while the service inside the country was down, and vowed to continue tweeting in the face of the alleged government block. Emphasizing their point, some users shared pictures of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempting to harm the Twitter bird.

According to Reuters, a Turkish court ordered several internet service providers to block access to the site to prevent images of Monday’s Suruc attack against Kurdish activists from being shared. The country also blocked Twitter in April after images showing a state prosecutor being held at gunpoint were distributed on the site. The ban was lifted after Twitter agreed with the government’s request to remove the images.