Millions of people in Turkey who turn to Twitter Challenging the access ban in Turkey by Twitter (Ft. Vijaya Gadde)

Statistics suggest that Twitter’s penetration (those who actually Tweet) amongst the Turkish population is roughly 9-10%, and, as of 2013, another estimate purports that the number of ACTIVE TWITTER USERS (please note, this is not the amount of account holders OR the amount of people who merely login and don’t tweet, but solely the people who ACTIVELY tweet) numbers around 232 million with Turkey being responsible for 3% of that total population. Given that Turkey has a population of roughly 76 million people, this would put the number of active, Twitter users between roughly 6.84 million — 7 million users.

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Turkish government blocked access to Twitter Challenging the access ban in Turkey by Twitter (Ft. Vijaya Gadde)

But Turkey was a US ally. Are they not the good guys anymore?

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March 26th, 2014

Maybe, but there’s been a lot of discontent spreading in Turkey since this summer. There’ve been huge riots, and I remember reading this first hand account back in June.

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Turkey remains a U.S. ally, although in recent years, the relationship has splintered somewhat as Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sought to increase Turkey’s influence in the region (spurned in part by the downfall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak during Egypt’s 2011 Revolution, the destabilization of Syria after the breakout of the Syrian Civil War, and other events). Moreover, in recent years, Turkey and Iran have begun to foster closer relations, in part out of a need to mitigate the issues stemming from the refugee spillover resulting from Syria’s Civil War.

With that said, Turkey is still a crucial U.S. ally, and there are many instances in which we in the United States are certainly considered the “bad guys.” With respect to the recent Twitter ban, Erdogan has been trying to suppress independent communication platforms after allegations of corruption emerged from a former ally, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Since these revelations, there have been increasing allegations of corruption, similar to some of the allegations that spurred Egyptians to overthrow Mubarak’s regime. Hence, Erdogan’s (perhaps legitimate) fear is that Twitter will provide many citizens a neutral platform to challenge the narrative promulgated by the Turkish State and media controlled largely by the Prime Minister.

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