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Meet the accounts behind Turkey’s controversial Twitter ban
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 Erdo?an and his AKP Party.
The first, @BA?ÇALAN, happily tweets about Erdo?an 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 Erdo?ans 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 koku?mu?lu?unu herkes görsün! 10.000 RETWEET https://t.co/jJYhS4TM9S
— BA?ÇALAN (@BASCALAN) March 9, 2014
— BA?ÇALAN (@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:
Illustration by Jason Reed
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.