Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has defended his governments ban on Twitter and accused the social networking site of not complying with court orders.
The Turkish telecommunications watchdog has made a number of statements saying that they have asked Twitter on a number of occasions to remove some content on the back of court orders and Twitter has been refusing to comply
I don’t think any global company, whether it’s a media company, whether it’s an industrial company, it shouldn’t see itself [as being] above the law.
The most interesting quote is when asked about how banning social media websites must look to the rest of the world he said:
[it] doesn’t reflect well
Which is at least confirmation they know that they are doing something that is wrong. I am sure these court orders consisted of ‘ you made the government look bad don’t let people express themselves or we’ll ban you’. Rather hyperbolic but Turkey seems to be a shambles when it comes to online media.
This corrupt government is ruining the internet for the ordinary Turkish citizen and I am as always dumbfounded that this is happening still 2014.
It was said to Reuters though by a senior Turkish government official that talks with Twitter to end the ban:
were going positively
Hopefully Turkey can get their access back to Twitter without any comprimises, the Turkish government really made a pigs ear of this by blowing the whole thing out of proportion.