Surprise! They’re great sources for news of alleged government corruption.
And if you don’t live in Turkey, or you’re somewhat Internet-savvy, you can now see them.
Twitter has been cagey about the fact that it recently agreed to censor two accounts to Turkish users, part of the compromise the company made after the country ineffectually tried to ban Twitter for a few weeks.
So, in full accordance with the Streisand Effect, we present to you the two accounts, both of which are (surprise!) some of the best original sources of leaks damning to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP Party.
The first, @BAŞÇALAN, happily tweets about Erdoğan and his son, Bilal. For example, these accounts share links to alleged phone conversations between the two, which depicts Dad encouraging his boy to take bribes and later to hide money. The Erdoğans didn’t deny that the voices were theirs, but claimed the audio was “montaged” to make the contents of the call seem worse than it was.
10.000 RETWEET AKP’nin kokuşmuşluğunu herkes görsün! 10.000 RETWEET https://t.co/jJYhS4TM9S
— BAŞÇALAN (@BASCALAN) March 9, 2014
— BAŞÇALAN (@BASCALAN) March 29, 2014
— HARAMZADELER (@HARAMZADELER333) February 23, 2014
— HARAMZADELER (@HARAMZADELER333) March 29, 2014
Because surely no one will try to find out the story behind this message:
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