Twitter Blocks Accounts Responsible For Turkey Leaks

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Twitter has blocked the accounts that posted the sensitive information that caused  Turkey to being its war on social media.

Twitter apparently was responding to a court order issued by Turkey’. According to their policy account, Twitter will not remove information simply because a government authority asked them to. Instead,  they only remove content or accounts when given a valid legal process, like a court order.

They also stressed that they haven’t given and user information to the Turkish government, and won’t unless presented with a legitimate legal request. Presumably, that means the Turkish government still doesn’t know who posted the embarrassing information that led to the government crackdown. That hasn’t stopped the government from charging 29 Twitter users with crimes, however.

While it is nice to hear that Twitter hasn’t sold out the user’s information just yet, the mere fact that they pulled the content brings into question its validity of it as a platform for political dissent. The Arab Spring was propelled by social media sites and Twitter in particular. Twitter, regardless of if it wanted to or not, became the social media site to organize protests under repressive regimes.

If they don’t work to curate that, they could soon find themselves usurped by someone who does.

We will have more from the Twitter, Turkey saga as time goes on.

Ian DeMartino

Ian DeMartino is a Technology, Political and Sports Junkie who only wishes he had more time to devote to each subject. When Ian isn't saving puppies or brokering peace deals in the Middle East, he can usually be found tinkering with electronics or playing video games. Check out his blog at


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