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Turkey: Half a million tweets fly in face of ban

More than 500,000 tweets have been sent using the hashtag #twitterisblockedinTurkey since the service was banned in the country last night, according to social media search engine Topsy.

Analysis also shows 100,000 have used the hashtag #turkeyblockedTwitter at the time of writing.

Read: Turkish President hits out over Twitter ban

'Cowardly' Twitter ban attacked by EC vice-president

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has joined the criticism of Turkey's Twitter ban.

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Repeating my message: the Twitter ban in #Turkey is groundless, pointless, cowardly. Freedom to speak is fundamental #TurkeyBlockedTwitter

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Turkish president hits back at ban via Twitter

Turkey's president has hit back on Twitter against his prime minister's ban on the service.

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Sosyal medya platformlar?n?n tamamen kapat?lmas? tasvip edilemez.

In a series of tweets, Abdullah Gul said that complete closure of social media sites was "unacceptable".

He added that only individual web pages should be shut down, rather than the service as a whole, should a court rule that privacy has been breached.

"Hopefully this application will not last long," President Gul said.

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Ki?ilerin özel hayat?n?n gizlili?ini ihlal gibi suç olu?turan hususlar varsa, ancak mahkeme karar?yla sadece ilgili sayfalar kapat?labilir.

Turkey aims for 'agreement' with Twitter

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan Credit: Reuters

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister expects a block on Twitter to be temporary and says an agreement should be reached with the social media platform.

"I don't think this will last too long. A mutual solution needs to be found," Ali Babacan told CNBC-e, adding that while freedom of expression was important, the individual right to privacy also needed to be respected.

Read: Turkey block 'could threaten EU membership'

EU warning for Turkey over Twitter ban

The EU's Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule has appeared to warn Turkey that a ban on Twitter could threaten the country's attempts to join the union.

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#TurkeyBlockedTwitter Gravely concerned by blocked @twitter - being free 2communicate&freely choose the means 2do it,is fundamental EU value

Turkey restarted long-running negotiations to join the EU in November, after a three-and-a-half year suspension in negotiations.

Read: Turkey blocks access to Twitter over 'privacy concerns'

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Turkish tweeters getting round Erdogan's ban

Twitter users in Turkey have been sharing information across the web to help others affected by the country's Twitter ban.

Some posted the numbers for DNS or VPN connections - private protocols that could be used to hide an internet user's location and thus circumvent the blocks.

In an act of defiance, many were even posting pictures of the numbers emblazened on official government posters.

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#twitter blocked in #turkey tonight. folks are painting #google dns numbers onto the posters of the governing party. http://t.co/9vQ7NTgotO

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Last night, Twitter also offered its help after reports of the ban emerged - reminding users they can still tweet by SMS.

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Turkish users: you can send Tweets using SMS. Avea and Vodafone text START to 2444. Turkcell text START to 2555.

Turkey 'no current plans to block other social media'

Turkey has no current plans to block access to other social media platforms such as Facebook, after its clampdown on Twitter, a senior official told Reuters.

The path was taken to block access within the framework of a court decision because of the failure to overcome the problem with the management of Twitter.

Turkish PM vows to "eradicate Twitter" in latest clampdown

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