Desperate users find solutions to bypass Turkey's Twitter ban

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announcement has caused outrage.

Users in Turkey are finding ways to access Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the site would be "eradicated".

Thousands of Twitterers have resorted to using proxies and programs such as Tor to circumvent the filter installed by Turkish authorities. A popular thread has spawned on a WikiLeaks forum with various ways to access the site, including methods to change DNS profiles and links to VPN networks.

Detailed instructions outline users how to change their DNS profiles.

Twitter has responded to the incident by saying on its official @policy feed that Turks could get around the block using its mobile text services to Tweet. Users reported widespread Twitter outages on Friday, shortly after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to shut down the service.

Erdogan announced the news in front of thousands at a rally.

Turkey’s leader said the website would be eradicated, after Tweets of documents and voice recordings allegedly showed evidence of government corruption.

"We will eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic."

Users who tried to access the site were directed to a statement from telecommunications regulator TIB, who explained court orders were in place leading to the ban.   

This is not the first time Turkey has blocked access to websites. In recent years, thousands of sites have been blocked including YouTube which was banned for two years because of material deemed insulting to the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Source: SMH, Mashable | Images via Mashable and WikiLeaks-forum

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This is utterly stupid its like saying ban the pen or the printing press because people use them to violate the privacy of individuals.........where does it end?

"We will eradicate Twitter. I don't care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic."

Thank God for freedom of speech. But damn, what an idiot! Hopefully the people prove how powerless he really is.

Another moron that think he's going to silence people!... Resistance Turkic, We are fighting also again Venezuelan Government Oppression "Which tires lose" (el que se cansa pierde)

Hope the US government is watching and considering to admit Turkey as 51 state instead of pushing for EU membership.

hasn't anyone high up in gov's yet realized that trying to silence people in this way does nothing but cause a revolt?.......

I find it funny to think that most in the US, Canada, and Europe always cry so hard about how bad the politics and politicians are in our countries. Imagine living anywhere else. :)

This is NOT to say stop complaining, but rather come to the understanding that we have it pretty freaking sweet.

frustrated users.. yes, inconvenienced users... yes, angry users... yes... but are users really considered "desperate" if they can't access social media!?

GreatMarkO said,
frustrated users.. yes, inconvenienced users... yes, angry users... yes... but are users really considered "desperate" if they can't access social media!?

Apparently you're not familiar with the nature of social media users. Even a geek like me wants to beat them up.

Who are the NSA going to spy on now? How is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan going to know what the people of Turkey are thinking? I guess the government and it's cronies will just continue on with voice taps and good old thuggery. Thankfully he is a western ally so don't expect to hear much from our government.

Dear me, a statement like "We will eradicate Twitter. I don't care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic" is only going to make you look very silly, I mean you can't just eradicate the internet. The Chinese are probably the best at enforcing large bans but even then it's fairly easy to get past. Harder to stay anon though. Despite that, staying anon is only an issue if the Govt doesn't like what you're doing. I guess with me they like my cat videos?

We will eradicate Twitter. I don't care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.
Hallucinating much, mister Prime Minister? :laugh:

Well the background of it is a little bit different actually. There were several cases concluded that Turk Telekom got in touch with Twitter about some humuliating comments and this is not to do with goverment. And Twitter had no action against court order. But the last months there were a lot of rumors about corruption in goverment especially about minister's sons. So yeah it is a little bit confusing...

If it's as simple as a dns preventative measure, then people in Turkey could just use Google OpenDNS which is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 :) (edit: I see those IP's in the screenshot now) :p

arachnoid said,
I see he has a great belief in his supporters given the armed security to the left of the image

Yeah, secret service would never be armed....