Turkish Government Blacks Out Twitter, Facebook & WhatsApp
Turkey Blocks, an internet monitoring group, have this morning confirmed reports that the Turkish government has restricted access to Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp & YouTube to online users inside the precarious state.
Connections to the sites are being throttled or dramatically slowed down by Turkish internet service providers – essentially rendering them inaccessible.
This digital lockdown is reportedly connected to the detention of 11 Turkish MPs which occurred overnight; these Members of Parliament belong to the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the predominantly Kurdish south-east of the country. Following the failed coup which took place across Turkey in July of this year, reports have began to surface that the authoritarian, right-wing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the midst of implementing a slow-motion counter-coup, remodelling the entire government and bypassing pre-existing systems of Turkish democracy.
However, this isn’t the first time that the Turkish government have resorted to blocking access to specific online platforms in trying times. Last month, the Turkish administration shut down Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive & GitHub in order to limit the leak of emails belonging to Berat Albayrak, Turkish Minister for Energy & Natural Resources.