Turkish government has threatened to shut down Twitter again if it failed to block the Twitter account of a newspaper which had circulated documents about the raid of Turkish military police raid on Turkish Intelligence Agency trucks which were on way to Syria last year in January.
The demand from the Turkish government came after a local court in a Southern Turkish province ordered against coverage of the investigation by media which might also mean that there will be a complete ban on social media networks where these documents have already been shared.
The court ordered that the publication of these documents was against the national security of Turkey. Turkish government has denied claims by opposition parties that these trucks were carrying weapons to Syria to be given to fighters against Bashar-al-Asad. They said the trucks were on way to deliver humanitarian aid.
According to Turkish news media, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus have removed the content from the accounts in question in a bid to avoid the shutdown.
But the newspaper in question, BirGun, continued to post new messages while challenging the ban. Twitter has refused to comply with the Government’s orders to block the newspaper account but blocked the messages in question which allegedly showed documents confirming that the trucks were carrying weapons. A Twitter spokesman has said:
“Out of the almost 60,000 tweets on the account, Twitter withheld access in Turkey to the small number of tweets that discussed the national security issue referenced in the order.We continue to work diligently to protect the rights of our users and preserve access for millions of Twitter users in Turkey.”
Twitter remained blocked for two weeks in March and YouTube suffered a ban of two months in Turkey over leaks related to corruption of Erdogan, Turkish President.