Ekşi Sözlük, one of the most popular social networks in Turkey, was blocked by the Information Technology and Communications Authority (BTK) last night (February 21). The decision is published on the agency’s website. Ekşi Sözlük has been criticized and criticized by some people due to postings about the earthquake and comments made by different users. Blocking access to a site that has a large number of users and subscribers caused a reaction on social networks. Some social media users called the decision “censorship”. Let’s look at the details together.
Ekşi Sözlük was blocked last night by the BTK decision.
BTK announced that access to Ekşi Sözlük was blocked by decision dated February 21, 2023, number 490.05.01.2023. The decision to deny access is published on the website of the institution. In the statement “Access to ekisozluk.com was blocked by the decision of the Office of Information Technology and Communications dated February 21, 2023, number 490.05.01.2023.” expressions were used.
Ekşi Sözlük has announced a ban on Twitter.
In the official Twitter account of the site “Hello, we saw that there is a decision to deny access, but we do not know the details, we are trying to get information from the authorities. We will share information as it becomes available.” a statement was made.
Ekşi Sözlük CEO Basak Purut also shared a message on the social media about the access ban.
Purut said in a statement on his Twitter account: “We just learned that there is a decision to block @sozluk, we are looking into this issue, we will share it as we get information.” used phrases.
Journalist Cuneyt Özdemir also said that he met with Basak Purut about the decision to deny access. Özdemir shared a post on his Twitter about this:I asked Basak Purut what happened to Ekshi Sozluk. I received the following response: “For several hours we have not been able to get through to anyone in BTK. BTK made its own decision, but we were not told the content of the decision, and no request/notice was sent to remove the content.” Very strange...” he decided.
The ban on access to Ekşi Sözlük caused a strong reaction on social networks.
Twitter users, including many well-known names and politicians, reacted strongly to the decision to ban access taken by the BTK. Some users, on the other hand, signed the posts, stating that BTK’s decision was censored. Here are some of those posts.
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