Thanks to virtual private networks (VPN), users of microblogging site Twitter in Turkey have found a way to bypass the block that the government put up.
Before VPN, users exploited a workaround on the ban by simply accessing the site through Google’s DNS service. Instead of typing the address “twitter.com,” users wrote the social media site’s IP address alongside changing a few basic settings in their Internet service provider.
The Turkish government recognized this tactic, resulting in the blocking of Google’s DNS and a few IP addresses.
As a result, Twitter users turned to VPNs and the anonymous Internet browser Tor to maintain access.
‘A losing battle’
Experts have claimed that in this stint of censorship, the Turkish government is “fighting a losing battle.”
The US Department of State advised the Turkish government to reverse the ban, as there is “nothing to fear in the free-flow of ideas and even criticism represented by Twitter,” according the department’s Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Doug Frantz.
Twitter is yet to comment on the issue, although despite its silence, it has released an advisory on how users can tweet through SMS, which does not require an Internet connection.
Recently, under the reign of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey blocked Twitter as a “protective measure.” The ban comes after multiple allegations of corruption were exposed via social media.