Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action
Published on Apr 21, 2014 6:34 AM
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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