Twitter’s Global Governmental Affairs account made a statement about Turkey: “We have received what we believe to be a final warning about the latest threat to Twitter’s bandwidth narrowing,” and shared documents of court decisions and regulatory agency correspondence related to the access blocking procedures.
Twitter, which recently blocked access to some content in Turkey, made a remarkable statement. Twitter’s Global Government Affairs account provided information in Turkish and English about the organization’s Turkey policy. Among those banned are many journalists, news websites and names such as Hakan Şükür and Akın İpek.
“We have received what we believe to be a final warning of a threat to narrow Twitter’s bandwidth,” Twitter said in a statement about Turkey, sharing documents of court orders and regulatory agency correspondence related to the blocking of access.
Twitter’s Global Government Affairs account made the following statement:
“We are today sharing an update on our approach in Turkey.
We were in negotiation with the Turkish Government throughout last week, who made clear to us Twitter was the only social media service not complying in full with existing court orders.
We received what we believed to be a final threat to throttle the service – after several such warnings – and so in order to keep Twitter available over the election weekend, took action on four accounts and 409 Tweets identified by court order. We communicated our concerns about freedom of expression directly.
We will continue to object in court, as we have done with all requests, but no further legal action was possible before the start of voting.
Five court orders have been issued against Twitter regarding these actions and we have already objected to four of them. While one of our objections has been rejected, three of them are still under review.
We are filing our objections to the fifth order tomorrow. We are publishing below the court orders and the regulator’s correspondence relating to the action we took.”
You can see the mentioned documents from here