Twitter 'blocked' in Turkey

Twitter dengan motif bendera Turki, Reuters Hak atas foto Reuters
Image caption There are about 10m Twitter users in Turkey.

Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country.

This comes after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked the site on Thursday.

Reporter

James Reynolds

REPORT

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Late at night here in Istanbul, the city's internet users suddenly faced the same problem: none of us could get onto Twitter.

The apparent blocking of the website is dramatic, but not surprising. Hours before the site went down, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan mocked Twitter at a public rally. He promised to "wipe out" the site in this country. "The international community can say this or that, I don't care at all," he warned.

The Turkish government, many of whose officials are regular Twitter users, complained that the website failed to implement court rulings ordering the removal of various links. Those links are thought to be alleged recordings of the prime minister's private phone conversations. The recordings have been widely circulated on Twitter -many internet users believe that conversations reveal evidence of corruption.

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went down: berhenti bekerja

mocked: mengejek

rally: kampanye

wipe out: menghapus sepenuhnya

court rulings: keputusan resmi

circulated: diedarkan

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