As Twitchy reported, Twitter has been blocked in most of Turkey just a few days before a crucial election. Current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will “eliminate” Twitter and other social media sites to protect Turkish citizens and preserve their privacy. The Turkish have found workarounds, though, such as simply changing their DNS settings.
This graffiti spreads the word on how to bypass the block and reconnect to Twitter.
Graffiti used to spread workaround for Turkey’s Twitter block pic.twitter.com/oOOY0tbhed
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 21, 2014
@antderosa hopefully they'll get advanced enough to bypass all this censorship nonsense
— Alina Vandenberghe (@alinutzav) March 21, 2014
@AntDeRosa the writing translates "let your bird sing"
— Mert (@mertayd1n) March 21, 2014
Thanks to workarounds like phone texting and virtual private networks, the Los Angeles Times reports that “rather than chilling use, Twitter reported traffic in Turkey Thursday set a record.”
— Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss) March 21, 2014