The TurkeyBlocks internet censorship monitoring team has confirmed that Turkish ISPs have once again censored Twitter and Facebook, following a third major explosion in Ankara at 18:35 Sunday 13 March.
The new blocks came around an hour after a major explosion in Turkey capital Ankara. Data indicates that several ISPs have already implemented the censorship as a rapid response to the attacks.
Confirmed: Twitter and Facebook throttled throughout Turkey after new #Ankara terror attackhttps://t.co/hGu78hPdyl pic.twitter.com/KeyjH4AsdH
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) March 13, 2016
Media and broadcast restrictions becoming standard procedure
Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) has ordered an immediate blanket media ban on reporting relating to the Ankara bombing incident. Based on previous censorship incidents, it is believed that a rapid response system may now be in place to automatically block social media services upon request by the government.
After today's #Taksim terror attack, this is how #Turkey denied citizens of the right to seek information#KeepItOn pic.twitter.com/Bzp5Qpnnw4
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) March 19, 2016
In the hours following the attack, Facebook has implemented its “safety check” feature for the second time in Turkey this year, following its debut, again in Ankara, on February 16.
Captured: Huge blast tears through bus stop in Turkey capital #Ankara taking dozens of liveshttps://t.co/q2AAjvtp7a pic.twitter.com/HhdV8qvrak
— D8 News (@D8News) March 13, 2016