Turkey Twitter Ban: How 1.1 Million People Are Getting Around It

wochit politics
March 24, 2014 AT 11:08 AM
On Thursday night, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would “eradicate Twitter.” Hours later he blocked access to the social networking site. The result: Twitter use actually increased 138 percent in the immediate aftermath of the ban. Many Twitter users are using free, mobile virtual private network apps like AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield and TunnelBear to get around the censorship. Recently, Erdogan’s government has stepped up the censorship , meaning that simply changing their Domain Name System settings is no longer enough for many Turkish citizens to get around the block.