The Turkish government has restricted access to Twitter in most of the country, Reuters reported Thursday. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, who faces an election March 30, had threatened to shut down Twitter and other forms of social media, such as Facebook and YouTube. “We will wipe out all of these,” he reportedly said at a campaign rally.

Today’s Zaman reported that the Twitter shutdown was the result of a court order.

A statement published by the office of prime ministry later in on the day, clarified on Erdoğan’s remarks and said Turkish officials have no option other than ban Twitter as it ignored Turkish court rulings to remove some links that were shared on social media. The statement said Twitter ignored all warnings from Turkish authorities about court decisions upon complaints and requests of some Turkish citizens who became victims via Twitter posts. Turkey will do everything to not to allow its citizens become victims, the statement said.

The hashtag #TwitterIsBlockedInTurkey took off.

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