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Turkey blocks access to Twitter

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Turkey has restricted access to Twitter just hours after the prime minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to shut down that social media platform.

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Users reported that they were forwarded from a statement from Turkey's telecoms regulator, TIB, which cited court orders for the site's apparent closure.

Four orders are the basis for blocking Twitter, where users were posting documents purportedly showing evidence of corruption among Mr. Erdogan's inner circle. The state-run Anatolia news agency said authorities "technically blocked access to Twitter" because the service had ignored the orders to remove some links deemed illegal, the AFP news agency reported.

Turkey's telecommunications watchdog, BTK, has also confirmed the shutdown.

In response to the outrage over the shutdown, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said that the it is temporary, adding that he expects "mutual solution" to be reached.

Twitter post a message instructing Turkish users on how to continue using the service via SMS text message.

Mr. Erdogan on Thursday promised to "root out" and "wipe out" Twitter services, which he said has helped his political enemies conduct a smear campaign against him. "The international community can say this, can say that. I don't care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is."

In response to the shutdown, Turkey's main opposition party, Republican People's Party announced it will file a legal challenge to the court order.

A senior Turkish official told Reuters on Friday the government had no plans to block access to other social media platforms. "At the moment there is no such decision for other social media like Facebook," the official said.

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