Turkey Cracks Down on Twitter, Blocks Site at IP Level

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tekknyne

Good for Turkey. Twitter is a cancer.

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Bucket_Monster

"the ban has drawn a lot of criticism from around the globe, including the U.S. State Department: “Every day, governments around the world devote precious resources to Internet censorship. It is 21st Century book-burning - and it doesn’t make anyone stronger."

Not sure the USA has a whole lot of room to talk given that the NSA sifts through emails and communications and net neutrality is threatened. Sure, it's not censorship (yet) and nowhere near actively blocking Twitter, but we're starting down a slippery slope ourselves.

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nanoak

The opening sentence of this article is a salvo of punctuation and run on phrases. How in the world did that make it through editing? Granted, we are nerds and not English majors, but please toss us a period from time to time.

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hornfire3

i dont hate Twitter, i just hardly use it. thus the news that Twitter's been banned isn't much a surprise to me.

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Rebel_X

Erdogan is a good president, haters gonna hate. I would say those tapes are fake and he is right, Twitter should be banned to eliminate the chaos and to ensure public safety.

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tekknyne

I'm with Rebel on this one. I am a firm advocate of internet freedom and individual privacy.

That being said, 95% of the crap on the web is either misinformation or useless rhetorical bs and I would be happy if it is blocked because it just detrimental to people and society in general. I'm happy to sensor Twitter because I don't think celebrities should a voice greater than any regular man, and celebrities are stupid. I dont think 14 year olds are mature or capable enough to have a voice that can reach millions. I dont think marketing companies need a vehicle so powerful that they can coerce people into buying their crap using supply-side economics.

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dgrmouse

If someone wrote ill of him in a book, would you argue that all books should be banned? Would you seek a ban on television broadcasting if someone reported on the tapes? I'm no fan of Twitter, but banning it to cover up some embarrassing recordings is asinine.

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tekknyne

Twitter != books dgmouse. That is a horribly failed analogy brah. Just because it has words on it and people read them, doesnt mean they are the same. If I put on Twitter that I banged your mom, half the audience would read it and believe it to be true and take that as their reality. Books, while they can spread misinformation, do not do so at the same rate.

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Rebel_X

I am not referring to as a person, sure, everybody makes mistakes. But I was referring to his job as a "president".

If you look at the amount of good things he did while being in chair, you will be amazed (economy is better, income per capita went 10x since the last decade, and removing of the corrupt military officials running the country behind the scene since the 80s of the last century). I am not Turkish and not even close, but I read unbiased sources of news and compare to determine which is real and which is fake.

I am not saying banning twitter is good per se, but if it will help eliminate the baseless claims, chaos and vandalism in the streets, then it is the lesser evil here.

It is quite obvious that his enemies that fabricated this. A good analogy would be what happened to Bill Clinton and Lewinsky scandal. My theory on this is that woman remained silent for a long time and kept his sperm on her dress for over a year (didn't wash it!!) as a card to play against him, if he didn't do what the conservatives told him to do. Most Americans still think he was good president, despite abusing his role as a president to get a blow job (the lucky bastard).

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tekknyne

You are absolutely right. Clinton sold America's future to the global elite with NAFTA and CAFTA. He screwed Americans so hard.

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Carlidan

Have to agree with DePat. Just because you get negative press doesn't mean you eliminate access to a site where you can express freedom of speech.

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DePat

Rebel_X, You did not answer the question. Being a good president or not has nothing to do with. Oh! I am sorry, It does. If he was such a good president he will not be trying to ban twitter. And again, if a book was published talking about it, should the library be banned or closed? Because he is such a "good president". Using Bill Clinton as an example is the most stupid one I've ever seen. Nobody tried to ban a mean of communication because of it!! Try again!

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Rebel_X

Here is a question for you, if a book was saying Hitler was good, the book should be banned? Don't dare say no, because a British writer got 5 years in prison for doing that and his book was banned.

I hate double standard attitudes. Yes twitter should be banned for the greater good.

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DePat

Now that the Turkish supreme court has turned down President Tayyip Erdogan law, he will not be able to hide his associates wrong doing. Just because he has done "something good" does not allow him to cover for his friends breaking the law. I did not read anywhere that he broke the law himself. However, individuals associated to him or his administration have broken various laws, and because that "reflect" bad on him, he want to remove the people ability to talk about it. He went after twitter because people use twitter to point out the abuse of his friends.

A big HOURRAY!!! for the Turkish supreme court.

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tekknyne

Im with you on this one Rebel_X. The key is -greater good-. Twitter is capable of doing far more damage to people and a society than anything helpful. Just because you gain satisfaction from reading about Michael Jordan scratching his butthole, doesnt mean it's a helpful. Or if your stupid multi-level marketing company needs more clicks? Really Twitter? Try and create a useful service -- maybe help me grow non-GMO corn in these cold Michigan Winters. Now that would be something to get excited about.

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Carlidan

I'm guessing you are talking about David Irving. And I'm guessing your talking about Germany, Austria, Italy, and Canada banning him from entering their countries. I have not read anything were it states that they banned his books. Sure they banned him for entering their countries for writing the books, but they did not censorship his books as you just stated. Unless you can provide any information otherwise. You are incorrect.