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Turkey reportedly blocks Facebook, Twitter after Russian ambassador assassination
The Turkish government has habitually throttled social media.
Internet freedom group Turkey Blocks reported on Monday night that its monitoring network had detected “severe slowdowns” of the social media sites following the lethal shooting of Ambassador Andrey G. Karlov in a museum in Ankara. The Turkish government regularly imposes social media blackouts in the wake of terrorist attacks or periods of national crises such as this summer’s attempted coup.
Turkey Blocks noted that Monday’s social media blackout showed possibly different characteristics, but noted they were still investigating.
The Daily Dot spoke to an American NGO worker based in Antep who said he couldn’t access Facebook Messenger, Facebook, or Twitter on Monday evening—but could still access the internet (as well as Reddit). He was able to bypass the slowdown using a proxy and post the following on Facebook:
“Turkish government throttling social media due to the assassination.
Telegram, Whatsapp, Skype if you need to contact me.”
Social media and broadcast news blackouts have become commonplace in Turkey. Many journalists and avid technology users in Turkey merely use VPNs and proxies as workarounds.
The temporary stall to social media on Monday is nothing compared to a throttling that occurred Friday following a car bombing in Diyarbakir that killed eight. The blackout included major internet service providers TTNet and Turkcell, according to Turkey Blocks, and impacted Instagram, Skype, and even the end-to-end encryption messaging app WhatsApp, which are normally not affected by the blackouts.
Amrita Khalid is a technology and politics reporter who specializes in breaking down complex issues into practical, useful terms. A former contributor to CQ, a Congressional news and analysis site, she's currently a master's candidate in international relations at the University of Leeds.