Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan clamps down on ‘claims of corruption’ against him.
Turkey has banned user access to Twitter after the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned to wrap up the micro-blogging service after claims of corruption against him being published on the site.
User attempts to Twitter have been redirected to a statement from Turkey’s telecoms regulator, TIB, citing court orders to implement ‘protection measures’ on the platform.
Erdogan said that the micro-blogging site has helped his opponents to carry out a smear campaign against him.
"The international community can say this, can say that," he added.
"I don’t care at all.
"Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is."
Erdogan’s office said that the micro-blogging service had not responded to Turkey’s court rulings to take down some links, forcing Ankara to act.
Twitter, which has so far made no public comment on the issue, has 10 million users in Turkey.
YouTube was blocked in 2008 over concerns of videos on the site that were deemed insulting to the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.