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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking 102

Posted by timothy
from the until-tomorrow dept.
The Net may have briefly routed around Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan's DNS-based anti-Twitter censorship, but the minister's next move has been to mandate that Turkish ISPs block Twitter's assigned IP addresses. Reports Ars Technica: " This move essentially erases Twitter from the Internet within Turkey—at least to those people who don’t have access to SMS messaging, a foreign virtual private network or Web proxy service, or the Tor anonymizing network. 'We can confirm that Turkey is now blocking the IP addresses of Twitter after the previous DNS blocking technique proved ineffective,' said Doug Madory, of the Internet monitoring company Renesys, in an e-mail to Ars. A Turkish government webpage shows that there is an IP address block order in effect for, the primary IP address for"
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Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

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  • Whack-a-mole (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rinisari (521266) on Sunday March 23, 2014 @05:52PM (#46559407) Homepage Journal

    And now, if Twitter wants to, it can make Turkey play whack-a-mole by moving IPs every time one gets blocked...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 23, 2014 @06:00PM (#46559485)

    Source [], google-translated:
    The people asked for the ministry that on twitter, laws are broken (insults, privacy laws etc).
    Twitter was contacted by the ministry and did nothing, so a court ordered that the only way to preserve Turkeys peoples right is to block twitter.

  • by gtall (79522) on Sunday March 23, 2014 @06:18PM (#46559577)

    King Abdullah of Jordan had this to say of Erdogan: “Erdoan once said that democracy, for him, is a bus ride,” King Abdullah said. “‘Once I get to my stop, I’m getting off,’ [Erdoan said].”

    The King saw little difference between Erdogan and Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered Erdogan to be a softer version of Morsi. Of Morsi, he said Morsi had no depth. Now it appears Erdogan has little depth as well, attempting to ban Twitter will only advertise it for Turks.

    Right now, Erdogan is favored to win the next election, but how will the Turks feel in a few years when they realized they got off the democracy bus along with Erdogan.

  • by Applehu Akbar (2968043) on Sunday March 23, 2014 @06:54PM (#46559775)

    And he rules the most advanced part of the Middle East. Besides tour groups carefully shepherded around the Valley of Kings by Egyptian soldiers Turkey is the one part of the area that tourists actually want to go to. Great job destroying your one decent source of revenue. Erdogan seems intent on undoing the work of Kemal Ataturk and bringing back the seventh century.

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