Twitter is now banned in Turkey, after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to "root out" the social media service during an election rally this week. So naturally, Twitter use in the country is still going strong. Despite the court-ordered ban, it seems as if pretty much everyone can tweet, including the country's president, Abdullah Gul. As translated by the Guardian, Gul protested the ban on Twitter:
The shutdown of an entire social platform is unacceptable...Besides, as I have said many times before, it is technically impossible to close down communication technologies like Twitter entirely. I hope this measure will not last long."
For now, at least, there are an abundance of options for Turkish Twitter users who'd like the tweet their thoughts on the ban — or anything else.
Wait. Why is this happening? The short version is probably this: Turkey has elections on March 30, and Prime Minister Erdoğan hates social media. Although he's been promising a Twitter ban for awhile, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation's excellent explainer on the ban notes, many reports cite a specific inconvenient bit of information that became public first on the network. Weeks ago, an anonymous Twitter and YouTube user posted what appears to be an audio recording of the elected official openly discussing a scheme to distribute cash among a bunch of safe houses. Erdoğan has denied that the tapes are real.