For those who have friends, followers, or following anybody or activity in Turkey, you can’t get them on social media for now, as authorities in that country have blocked access to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
The action followed the publication of photos published on the three social media platforms showing a prosecutor who was taken hostage by militants in Istanbul, the Turkish capital last week.
Tayfun Acarer, the head of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK), told daily Hürriyet that the ban on Facebook had been lifted after it rapidly complied with the court ruling.
A number of Turkey’s leading Internet service providers implemented the ban in the afternoon of April 6, an official confirmed after widespread complaints about access problems to the social media websites.
A recent court ruling ordered authorities to block a total of 166 websites that published the controversial photos. Beside the world’s largest social media websites in the list, there are also specific links to the stories published by Turkish newspapers.
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