Twitter Gets Banned in Turkey, Rest of Twitter Goes Nuts

Twitter and Turkey“Twitter, mwitter!” Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cried on Thursday. Rough translation: Twitter, schmitter! This was the last thing Erdogan said Thursday before the lights went out on Twitter near midnight. “We now have a court order,” declared Erdogan, who’s ensnared in a scandal inflamed by social media over recordings that purportedly reveal corruption in his administration. “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” There’s no arguing: it has been witnessed. After Turkey’s Twitter was apparently disabled, the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey went supernova, though Twitter is still accessible via the site’s SMS service, which allows Turks to text in a tweet. President Abdullah Gul, a political ally of Erdogan’s, was among those who circumvented the order, which he contested in a series of tweets. Read the full story at The Washington Post.