Turkey Blocks Twitter After Catastrophic Earthquake Cripples Country

Twitter Is Blocked in Turkey After Earthquake, Internet-Monitoring Group Says

Twitter was blocked on several networks inside Turkey, according to NetBlocks, a group that tracks internet outages — taking out a key communication channel for coordinating relief efforts after Monday’s devastating earthquake.

Alp Toker, the director of NetBlocks, said Wednesday that the coordinated nature of the block suggested that it was likely the result of a government order. He said network data indicated that the block was being done with software installed by telecommunications providers that can prevent specific websites and services from loading.

NetBlocks later said that by Thursday morning network activity appeared to show that access to Twitter had been restored.


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