Twitter, Facebook Blocked By Turkey After Ankara Blast
This March 13, Sunday, social media sites Twitter and Facebook have been banned by authorities in Turkey following the blast that happened in the country’s capital, Ankara.Advertisement
The decision happened after photos spread through the social sites that shows the suicide car bombing that has killed and injured dozens in Turkey, reports RT. According to the report, the country’s telecommunications authority TIB has blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and a couple of other sites after a court ordered ban was imposed.
The incident, which was also reported by NTV and CNN Turk said, that access to the social media sites was blocked because the sites have images shared, which shows victims of the tragedy. Allegedly, broadcast media have also been banned from covering certain aspects of the recent attack.
One journalist from publication Today’s Zaman has reported that there is “a ban on networks for coverage of explosion in Ankara” issued. Today’s Zaman is a sister publication of the recently taken over publication “Zaman.”
The Ankara blast, which no one has claimed responsibility for, has been reported to have left 34 people dead and 125 injured. It has also left the city in an atmosphere of fear. Residents are already demanding for the Erdogan government to make necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the people.
Gadgets 360 adds that Hurriyet Daily News reported that the explosion was caused by a bomb-laden car near Kizilay square of Ankara. Turkey Health Minister Mehmet Mezzinoglu has said that 30 of those who died were killed on the scene while four died while on transit to the hospital. Mezzinoglu also said that one or two of them might be the attackers.
From the last update, the health minister said that 19 of the injured are in critical condition, seven of whom were in surgery; the toll might increase. Following the recent social media blocking, it could be recalled that a similar ban had also been imposed in the country. Last year, authorities blocked Twitter because of images of a prosecutor on gunpoint by far-left militants being shared in the said platform.
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