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Turkey blocks twitter, causes twitter spike

Posted by malcolm on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 16:26

The number of tweets originating in Turkey are thought to have grown by over 130 percent, following attempts by the Turkish government to block the social network.

The government has been attempting to block twitter since Thursday, after users posted links to documents containing corruption allegations relating to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and some of his associates.

The blocks were initially carried out using DNS filtering techniques, which were easily overcome when protesters painted IP addresses for Google’s DNS servers on government election posters. The government responded by blocking twitter’s IP address, although users were still able to circumvent the blocks using Tor, VPNs, and twitter’s “tweet-via-SMS” service.

Despite the blocks (or possibly because of them) researchers reported a 138% spike in tweets on Friday. Tor metrics also show a huge increase in connections over the weekend.

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