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Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action

Published on Apr 21, 2014 6:34 AM
 
A picture representing a mugshot of the twitter bird seen on a smart phone with a Turkish flag in Istanbul. Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's Prime Minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked. - FILE PHOTO: AFP 

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's Prime Minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked.

Twitter last week agreed to comply with a Turkish government request to close some accounts that officials said had breached national security or privacy regulations.

The two accounts - Haramzadeler and Bascalan - each had more than 400,000 followers, who now see only a red circle with a line through it and cannot access any tweeted material.

Twitter said in a tweet on its policy feed: "Reminder: Our Country Withheld Content Policy means we act after due process, e.g., a court order". "We don't withhold content at the mere request of a gov't official and we may appeal a court order when it threatens freedom of expression," it tweeted.

 
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