Turkey Twitter Ban Backfires as Number of Tweets Does Not Drop
The number of tweets from Turkey has not dropped despite the government block on the service, according to statistics. The group Twitturk, which monitors Twitter use in Turkey, said that just over half a million tweets were posted from Turkey in just ten hours, despite the ban, according to the local Hurriyet Daily News.
Furthermore, the hastags #Twitterblockedinturkey and #TurkeyBlockedTwitter were both trending worldwide immediately after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the banning of the website.
Twitturk said that most users had got around the ban by using VPN tunnels which allow them to bypass official government controls. In fact, the ban has been so unsuccessful that there was no measurable decline in the average number of tweets from the country.
Ghaffar Husain, an expert in Islamism and extremism told Breitbart London: "This is symbolic of Turkey's descent into authoritarianism and shows how important it is for all of us to appreciate and fight for internet freedoms
"Such a ban will only make Twitter even more popular with users and ultimately backfire"