Written by Bella Dalima
21 Mar, 2014 | 4:53 pm
The Turkish Prime Minister has banned Twitter across the country. Twitter was blocked just after midnight in Turkey on Thursday, according to Reuters.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan stated his intention to block the social media platform—which has been an essential means of communication and organization in Turkey—12 hours before actually cutting if off, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.
“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdoğan said at a campaign rally in Bursa on March 20.
Those who tried to access Twitter were taken to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications regulator that cites court orders allowing the government to ban Twitter.
The service may be officially banned — but Turkey’s 10 million Twitter users are still finding ways to tweet.
Here are three ways users can get around the ban:
In what is likely the simplest way to get around the restrictions, users can send tweets via SMS — though this solution is limited to sending outgoing tweets.
Twitter provided both English and Turkish instructions for doing this.
2. Change Your DNS
Many users are reporting they are able to bypass the block by changing their DNS settings. Non tech-savvy users will need to exercise caution when changing these numbers, but solutions like OpenDNS or Google DNS are reliable.
3. Use a VPN or Tor
Another solution is to use a VPN connection. Setting up a VPN usually requires paying at least some cash upfront, though there are free versions. But as one Reddit user pointed out, people should be cautious when using free VPNs. They can be unreliable, or in some cases, malicious software.
Users can also get around the restrictions by using Tor, which anonymizes your Internet connection. “Individuals use Tor to to connect to news sites, instant messaging services, or the like when these are blocked by their local Internet providers,” its website explains.
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