Turkish president sends tweet denouncing government Twitter ban
Turkey's president Abdullah Gul - AFP

ANKARA: Turkish President Abdullah Gul tweeted on Friday to denounce the government’s ban on Twitter, which had been introduced just hours earlier.

“A complete ban on social media platforms cannot be approved,” tweeted the president to his more than four million followers.

Gul, a frequent user of social media, said it was not “technically possible to totally block access to platforms used all over the world”.

Turkish authorities had blocked access to Twitter late Thursday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out” the social network.

The state-run Anatolia news agency said authorities “technically blocked access to Twitter” because the service had ignored various Turkish court orders to remove some links deemed illegal.

Critics claim it was an attempt by the government to clampdown on the spread of corruption allegations targeting Erdogan and his inner circle, which threatens the embattled leader ahead of local polls on March 30.

In his Twitter message, Gul said relevant pages could be blocked in case of any violation of people’s privacy but only through a “court order.”

“I hope this ban will not last long,” he added.

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