Turkey's president: PM's Twitter ban 'unacceptable'

Turkey's president has criticised the ban on Twitter imposed by the country's prime minister - in a tweet. Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" the social media network, which was used to spread corruption allegations.

Live updates

Turkey: Twitter 'must agree to block accounts'

Twitter must appoint a legal representative in Turkey and block a number of individual accounts if the ongoing ban on the social media site is to end, the country's industry minister Fikri Isik has said.

Despite the block imposed yesterday, protesters have found ways to rail against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan via the service.

Mr Erdogan vowed to "wipe out" Twitter in Turkey after alleged evidence of government corruption began to spread online.

Germany condemns Turkish Twitter ban

Angela Merkel with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has vowed to 'wipe out' Twitter in his country. Credit: Sandra Steins/DPA

Germany has joined a host of voices criticising Turkey's ban on Twitter.

"It doesn't fit with our idea of freedom of expression to forbid or block any form of communication," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman said.

Turkey's courts blocked access to Twitter following Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's vow, on the campaign trail ahead of March 30 local elections, to "wipe out" the service.

He says he does not care what the international community says about it, though President Abdullah Gul has objected to his actions.


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.

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.

Turkey aims for 'agreement' with Twitter

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.


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.

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

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.

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

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports