Turkey has blocked Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Nationwide: Confirmed- By the Internet monitoring group ‘Turkey Blocks’ that Turkey government has blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube across the country beginning Friday, Nov 04 2016 1:20AM local time (UTC+2).
WhatsApp and Instagram users are also reporting problems in using the messaging apps and its service failures. This is the first time that Turkey government has blocked the messaging app despite the earlier strife.
Turkey has blocked Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp Nationwide: Confirmed
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) November 3, 2016
The social site outage is related to the detention of 11 members of parliament and opposition political party HDP after the raids at their headquarter.
Ministry of Interior statement confirms 11 HDP MPs have been detained tonight. These are the names pic.twitter.com/9dfLRR3dMA
— Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) November 4, 2016
Turkey Blocks monitoring group has also said that the throttling is being done at ISP level with the majority of users being affected due to this. The social network shutdown was first detected at Turkcell, TTNet and then other major ISPs. But still, some small ISP (UyduNet) users are unaffected by the outage.
Well, this is not the first time Turkish government has used Internet restriction as the means to suppress the unrest or to avoid a nation-level strife. Last month, government blacked out Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and GitHub to suppress the email leaks belonging to Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Berat Albayrak. But of course, there are ways to circumvent the Internet throttling like using VPN and they are very popular with activists determined to spread their words.
We will keep you updated with any detail revealed by the government. Stay tuned and share.