Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told an election rally in the western city of Bursa on March 20, “we now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic”.
About 12 hours later, access to Twitter was blocked.
The press adviser to the prime minister later issued a statement clarifying what Erdoğan had said, by arguing that Twitter officials currently “ignore” some court rulings in Turkey regarding the removal of certain links, against which complaints had been made by Turkish citizens.
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