Twitter reportedly banning user accounts in Turkey

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 5 months ago)


Twitter VP of Global Public Policy Colin Cromwell has reportedly been flown out to Turkey to work out a compromise with the government there, something that would include banning certain user accounts. While Twitter has not responded to a request for comment, a senior Turkish official proclaimed that the company had given into the Turkish government's demands. 

This is the latest episode in what has become a sprawling saga, played out over the last year. The government accused Twitter of being key to a massive Turkish protest in Geizi Park in 2013, after which 29 protesters were arrested based solely on what they had tweeted. In March, the service was banned outright for a few weeks as opposition to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan reached new heights, before a court ruled that the ban violated free speech laws. 

Erdoğan has always been anti-Twitter, and recently suggested that the microblogging network should establish a Turkish presence in order to avoid future bans. A Twitter representative responded that the company "already has local representation in Turkey, which handled our successful legal challenge to the access ban." 

With regards to the closing of user accounts, nothing else has been reported aside from the official Turkish stance. The metaphorical ball is firmly placed in Twitter's court. 

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