The Prime Minister of Turkey vowed to “Wipe out Twitter” following damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle. “I don’t care what the international community says at all. Everyone will see the power of the Turkish Republic,” Mr Erdogan said earlier on Thursday.
He spoke after some users had posted documents reportedly showing evidence of corruption relating to the prime minister – a claim he denies. His office said that Twitter had not responded to Turkey’s court rulings to remove some links, forcing Ankara to act.
Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.
— Policy (@policy) March 20, 2014
There are about 10m Twitter users across Turkey and they are able to tweet now currently only through SMS services provided by the mobile operators of the country. In 2010, the country lifted its ban on YouTube – two years after it blocked access to the website because of videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.