Turkey Tweets No Mo’: Turkish PM Pledges to ‘Eradicate’ Twitter as Twitter Begins to be Blocked From Millions

BjNZcjfIQAE0rMHThere’s electioneering, and then there’s what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday on the campaign trail.

“We will eradicate Twitter,” Erdoğan told a rally in Bursa in the west of the country. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” There are roughly 10 million Twitter users based in Turkey.

To drive the point home, Erdoğan added: “Twitter, mwitter!” — although there appears to be some dispute about how to translate that — it’s either a “semantically empty phrase” or an indication that Erdoğan will shut down Twitter and similar websites.

What happened next was no laughing matter. The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement saying that Turkish officials had “no option” other than to ban Twitter, according to Reuters.

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Shortly afterwards, tweets and screenshots began to show that Twitter (and possibly also Facebook) was being blocked in Turkey, as of 4:30pm ET:

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Many Twitter users were sharing a forum on Wikileaks with advice on how Turkish Twitter users can still access the site.

Twitter told Mashable it was investigating claims that its service is blocked. Meanwhile its governmental division responded by posting this tweet — once in English, and again in Turkish…

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