Turkey seeks to tighten clampdown on Twitter

Global News

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish authorities were seeking to tighten a clampdown on Twitter on Saturday after social media users easily evaded the government’s attempt to block access to the service, where links to wiretapped recordings suggesting corruption have been posted, causing the government major embarrassment before local elections on March 30.

The government’s effort to shut down the service backfired on Friday, with many finding ways to continue to tweet and mock the government for what they said was a futile attempt at censorship. The website’s suppression sparked a tide of international criticism.

READ MORE: Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire

Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu, said Twitter had begun on Saturday to close down accounts which the Turkish government has been complaining about, but the report couldn’t immediately be verified.

Government officials said Friday they were engaged in talks with Twitter and would restore access as soon…

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