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Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the I'd-do-it-again dept.

Censorship 94

An anonymous reader writes "Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has defended his governments ban on Twitter and accused the social networking site of not complying with court orders. Simsek said: 'The Turkish telecommunications watchdog has made a number of statements saying that they have asked Twitter on a number of occasions to remove some content on the back of court orders and Twitter has been refusing to comply. I don’t think any global company, whether it’s a media company, whether it’s an industrial company, it shouldn’t see itself [as being] above the law.'" As a result of the ban, Tor gained over 10,000 new users in Turkey.

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Above the law (5, Insightful)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 8 months ago | (#46564163)

Everybody is above corrupt law.

Re:Above the law (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#46564241)

In other news, Turkish government is defending Dehomag for their lawful activities. ;-)

Re:Above the law (3)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 8 months ago | (#46564503)

It's interesting that this tactic has failed in every case going all the way back to the start of the printing press. If you make some sort of communication form illegal it just gets distributed more widely.

It tells you something about the caliber of people that get into office, doesn't it?

Re:Above the law (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 8 months ago | (#46564543)

It tells you something about the caliber of people that get into office, doesn't it?

It tells me more about who put them there. The office holder is just following orders.

Re:Above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565393)

The office holder is just following orders.

Most office holders have two things above everything else in their real list of priorities:

Personal gain.

Getting re-elected.

The latter is, of course, primarily an enabler for the former.

Everything else happening as a result of the specific office holder, whether good or bad, is a side-effect.

Based on history and observation, the above seems to hold for at least 95% of all office holders at governmental level, and for more than 50% at levels below.

Re:Above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567875)

It's interesting that this tactic has failed in every case going all the way back to the start of the printing press. If you make some sort of communication form illegal it just gets distributed more widely.

Yup. The trick to controlling the press is to buy them all. Capitalism is a powerful tool. It's been worse in the past, but currently 6 corporations [wikipedia.org] control 90% of the media in the US, with Comcast controlling a chilling amount.

Re:Above the law (1)

bentcd (690786) | about 8 months ago | (#46574327)

It's interesting that this tactic has failed in every case going all the way back to the start of the printing press. If you make some sort of communication form illegal it just gets distributed more widely.

You can't really know this though. Those times when it does succeed (if ever) you won't have heard about, that is the whole point, and so you won't know that it happened. It will therefore seem like it never works even if quite often it does, and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a world in which suppression never works and a world in which it often does.

Re:Above the law (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46565063)

Well, when everybody corrupt is above the law, it is only fair that everyone else is also above the corrupt law.

Re:Above the law (4, Informative)

Frobnicator (565869) | about 8 months ago | (#46566707)

Several countries have attempted to ban YouTube, Twitter, and similar sites. Most end up removing the ban within days. Some remove it within months.

Turkey is one of the countries that maintained a ban longer than most countries, with the YouTube ban lasting about 29 months. Wikipedia says that even with the ban, it was reported as Turkey's 8th most popular web site while DNS blocks were in place and government officials (including the prime minister and president, both the same people in power today) publicly discussed that they continued to use the banned site. Quite a few other web sites are banned as well, yet they still have a strong Turkish user base.

Turkey has a history of banning the interwebz through DNS blocks, and the people know how to get around it easily.

Re:Above the law (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about 8 months ago | (#46571991)

It was reported (yesterday?) that Turkey has also starting IP banning Twitter. Citizens must now use tunnels (VPN, Tor, etc) to get to it.

Re:Above the law (1)

davydagger (2566757) | about 8 months ago | (#46569563)

as much as I agree.

if google, twitter, or another company refused the NSA, or an American court order, especially one of those secret letters would you feel the same way?

It isn't above the law (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564173)

It's based in the US. It's governed by US law, not Turkish law. Italy had a similar opinion and convicted three Google employees in absentia to no effect.

Re:It isn't above the law (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564273)

And that's exactly why the internet should not be governed by one country, and internet should fall under an independent law.

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564397)

As long as there is a governing body there is going to be a set of standards set in place as to content. Either we're going to have everyone having a say which means anything more controversial than a recipe for toast is going to get shouted down or you're going to have elements on the internet that any sane person wouldn't wish on their worst enemy.
 
No matter what you do there's going to be problems.

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564851)

or you're going to have elements on the internet that any sane person wouldn't wish on their worst enemy.

Since all censorship is intolerable, that would be just fine by me.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566619)

So, child porn should be protected?

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#46566715)

Are you really that dumb of a fuck to spew this out yet again.... sorry, obviously, because you did. Dumb Fuck. Kthxbye.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46571061)

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46571993)

Who said anything about PROTECTING it?!?

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#46584051)

<formletter>My opponent sucks because he is a...

[_] terrorist
[X] pedophile

'MURICA!
</formletter>

Opposite Result (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 8 months ago | (#46564899)

And that's exactly why the internet should not be governed by one country

The problem with that statement is, when you don't have a single entity governing with reasonable protection of free speech (like the U.S.) the alternative is a U.N. like panel stacked with all sorts of countries that all think it's perfectly reasonable to censor some speech.

Having an "independent law" in reality means Turkey has MORE of a say, not less, in what that independent law states about what Turkey can tell Twitter to do.

Re:Opposite Result (1)

tacokill (531275) | about 8 months ago | (#46566375)

Right. Kinda like giving people democracy and then being upset with how the results turned out. Hello, Hamas!

Re:Opposite Result (1)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#46566881)

Democracy, and The spirit of it, are two differing entities in the wild. Democracies was conceived with the notion of an informed voting populous. This is hardly the case in modern times.

Re:Opposite Result (1)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#46566909)

*were

Re:Opposite Result (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567225)

Your statement is ludicrous. Democracy is much more ancient than your lifespan, and it was created in a time were people wouldn't know how to read, write, or didn't communicate outside of their village. Quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy:

In virtually all democratic governments throughout ancient and modern history, democratic citizenship consisted of an elite class until full enfranchisement was won for all adult citizens in most modern democracies through the suffrage movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Please stop spreading false ideas.

Re:Opposite Result (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46572645)

consisted of an elite class until full enfranchisement was won for all adult citizens

Emphasis mine. Isn't "adult citizens" just another arbitrary elite class?

Re:Opposite Result (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#46584065)

or didn't communicate outside of their village.

You don't need to if you're in a city state, i.e. Athens, which I thought was the point you were going for. And if you're all in one city, do you really need to know how to read or write to vote properly? You'll hear most of what you need to know via word of mouth, I would hope.

Re:Opposite Result (1)

hazah (807503) | about 8 months ago | (#46655859)

I have no idea who youre replying to, but I am not stating it was created in modern times. Wtf? I said the idea and the practice are not in sync. Elite or not... the point is that ignorant voters create problems, not solve them.

Re:Opposite Result (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 8 months ago | (#46566803)

What's wrong with the U.N.? You some kind of Tea Party asshole? The world would be a better place if the U.N. actually had teeth and could enforce its laws.

Re:Opposite Result (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 8 months ago | (#46567023)

Enforce what laws? If the UN is primarily about massive human rights abuses in China, or Russia, or other countries being rubber-stamped by U.N. panels.

Or U.N. Soldiers setting up brothels with underage girls as they do in Africa. That's a great result of the meeting of nations!

Pretty funny to complain about U.N. enforcement of laws when so many local laws are broken by U.N. members...

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 8 months ago | (#46566017)

...independent law

I don't believe such a thing exists. And I certainly hope you don't mean the League of Nations. Everybody already knows what that would lead to.

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#46584029)

What, so we can be forced to remove every statement that can be interpreted as being anti-Islam from the Internet for everyone? No thanks.

If you want to be stupid and block stuff in your own country, fine, but leave me out of it.

Re:It isn't above the law (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564483)

Re:It isn't above the law (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564523)

And Megaupload was not based in the US or NZ. So?

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564933)

Except for the hundreds of its servers located on US soil. Convenient, no?

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565181)

Doesn't work that way... but it works the other way.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566159)

What's your point? Because the US imposed its laws on another country, they get to impose their laws on the US? How about instead of trying to right one wrong with another, we do something to stop the US from imposing its laws on the rest of the world.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564795)

No holidays in Tuscany though. Shame.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565071)

Notwithstanding corrupt governments, evil laws and the difference between legal and moral: US law is valid on and only on US soil; US based or not, these companies are subject to the limitations of other legal spheres whereever they reach out into them.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567245)

US law is valid on and only on US soil

Correct. So why do you think the same does not apply to Turkish laws and Turkish soil? Face it, Twitter ignoring the Turkish government's requests was perfectly legal for the jurisdiction that Twitter responds to.

And regrettably, so is the Turkish government's response. It might not be moral, but they are within their rights to block Twitter at the Turkish border.

Re:It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565263)

It is governed by Turkish law as soon as it does business with Turkish residents. Italy had similar opinion because it really works like that. Whether they actually can have their law applied is a different matter, though.

Re: It isn't above the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568327)

Laws are at their most fundamental are just threats. Twitter is subject to Turkish laws, but like any laws, companies sometimes choose to violate them if they think the benefits outweigh the consequences, especially if they feel they have the moral high ground. Turkey just has no physical or political power to inflict meaningful consequences in this case.

Welcom to the group - China, North korea and Iran (4, Informative)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 8 months ago | (#46564193)

I wasn't sure if Twitter was banned in China and had to look it up. Indeed it is, along with North Korea and Iran. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

Re:Welcom to the group - China, North korea and Ir (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564463)

Twitter is not banned in North Korea. They just ban the entire Internet.

Re:Welcom to the group - China, North korea and Ir (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about 8 months ago | (#46566979)

On the contrary, all 12 computers in NK are internet connected...

A lot of peopel in Turkey (2)

invictusvoyd (3546069) | about 8 months ago | (#46564767)

Are gonna have the cold turkey

Re:Welcom to the group - China, North korea and Ir (1)

psychonaut (65759) | about 8 months ago | (#46565205)

Did you read your own citation? It says that it's South Korea which is censoring Twitter because North Korea is using it to publish propaganda. (I don't doubt that North Korea also restricts access to Twitter, but your claim that it's completely banned there is rather blatantly contradicted by your source.)

Re:Welcom to the group - China, North korea and Ir (2)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 8 months ago | (#46565335)

I did indeed. I reread it, and I think the wiki is wrong for the SK portion. South Korea has banned specific accounts but not the whole site: http://www.theguardian.com/tec... [theguardian.com]

USA sets the example here (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564197)

We call it law, but actually they are purely interests (that need to be covered by some law to make it "legal")
We call it democracy, but actually it is consumerism/corporationalism/populism
We call it freedom, but nobody knows anymore what it is, after all those redefinitions.

Therefore I love all the comments on Turkey's government being bad, while we live under the same shit.

Re:USA sets the example here (2)

Guybrush_T (980074) | about 8 months ago | (#46564735)

Agreed.

And besides, Twitter may be hosted in the US, if they want to do some business in Turkey, they have to obey to turkish laws - or risk a ban. The government filtering does the right thing : remove most of the traffic which makes it a (potentially) profitable company.

The fact that the court order is good or bad has little to do here. If some court decided that a message is illegal (harassing, threatening, racist, ...), Twitter has little right to decide if they agree or not if they want to make some business in the country.

I don't see what is so strange that a government ban illegal (in their laws) websites. You can discuss the court order, you can discuss the law, but the fact that Twitter did not comply to the court order is a political decision (with consequences).

Re:USA sets the example here (1)

pla (258480) | about 8 months ago | (#46564781)

For all the hypocrites who modded the parent a troll...

How's your USENet feed working these days?

Re:USA sets the example here (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 8 months ago | (#46566455)

Fine, yours isn't?

Re:USA sets the example here (2, Insightful)

Quila (201335) | about 8 months ago | (#46565045)

Therefore I love all the comments on Turkey's government being bad, while we live under the same shit.

Tell me when you can get arrested in the US for reminding your people of a well-known US historical event, and you will start having equivalence.

The issue is not about compliance with the law (4)

kruach aum (1934852) | about 8 months ago | (#46564221)

The issue is that laws mandating censorship run counter to the purposes of freedom and democracy. This minister is trying to shift the focus from the second to the first, and it nearly worked on me too because my first thought was "why should youtube care about Turkish law?" but that's completely irrelevant.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

Guybrush_T (980074) | about 8 months ago | (#46564865)

Censorship is a very relative concept. There is no such thing as "free speech". In every country, there are laws against harassment, racism, libeling, that can make what you say (or tweet) illegal.

Now, what makes the US laws better than the Turkish laws ? If they decide some message is illegal, they are perfectly sovereign in preventing people from viewing it.

You can call for freedom and democracy if you have proofs (or arguments) showing that the court decision was not taken in a democratic way.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46565353)

Well, obviously a lot of Turks don't agree with their government's idea of "legal". Makes you wonder who is right, the government or the people? And even more whether, if there is a difference between the will of government and people, whether the censorship is democratically justified.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 8 months ago | (#46566735)

"Well, obviously a lot of Turks don't agree with their government's idea of "legal".

Not to mention that they still occupy Northern Cyprus since 1974.
Both of them Nato members and Cyprus actually being in the EU.

They Cypriots don't understand what's so special about the Crimea.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46570979)

Well, pretty much all of Europe doesn't really get what's so special about splitting an island apart when both nations bickering about it want to be in the same Union.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565693)

Twitter is a U.S. company. They are bound by U.S. law, not Turkish law. Turkey's foreign minister can whine all he wants to, it doesn't mean jack shit--Twitter doesn't have to comply with censorious thugs in foreign countries. Thanks to the SPEECH Act, U.S. courts will not honor foreign subpoenas and extradition orders from countries with worse free speech protections than the U.S.. So yeah, Twitter.com IS above Turkish law as long as they are incorporated outside Turkey and don't have a local subsidiary. So is any other U.S. company or U.S. citizen.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about 8 months ago | (#46566185)

Question:

Now, what makes the US laws better than the Turkish laws ?

Answer: The fact that US law doesn't allow for censoring of the views of political opponents by the government, whereas new Turkish laws have just provided the means for that.

Moreover: Court decisions are not always taken in a democratic way, you are mixing up jurisdiction with legislation. And not all laws that get passed by the legislative in every country are democratic either. Laws themselves are only democratic if they are based on democratic principles. Finally, censorship is not a relative concept. There are different degrees of censorship in different countries that can be measured quite easily.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46572681)

Now, what makes the US laws better than the Turkish laws

Answer: I prefer the US laws or I prefer the manner in which US laws come to be.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (1)

mars-nl (2777323) | about 8 months ago | (#46569735)

There is a difference between certain speech being illegal and speech being censored. Illegal means that the person saying something can be arrested and tried in court. Censorship goes much further and bans other people or seeing/hearing it.

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (4, Insightful)

Godai (104143) | about 8 months ago | (#46564889)

Actually, I disagree. Compliance with the law is the heart of the problem, the question is: whose law?

While I'm no fan Turkey's repressive laws, I do wonder how what Turkey is mad about differs all that much from the US or whomever complaining about pirated content being posted in countries where that's not illegal.

If country A does something we don't agree with, it's okay for technology to circumvent that. If country B does something we don't agree with, it's not okay for technology to circumvent that. The bottom line here seems to be less about technology and more: in a globally interconnected world, how do we decide what laws get applied where? So far it largely seems to be decided by the US leaning on anyone they don't agree with. You can bet if the positions were reversed, Turkey would be leaning on the US government to discipline Twitter. This works great if its something you agree with, and less so when its something you don't (maybe copyright laws). I could say we're fortunate that its the US with the Big Stick and not someone else, but maybe we only think that because we're in the West so we tend to align with our own values? And even if this works great, what happens when someone else takes possession of the Big Stick (China maybe?). Perhaps this won't be so appealing then?

Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (5, Informative)

nusuth (520833) | about 8 months ago | (#46566571)

The situation in Turkey is not just another free speech banning law, making law maker and enforcers looking ridiculous. Not at all. There is a mindbogglingly huge corruption scandal going on. The prosecutors were removed from the case, police were ordered not to obey court orders, tens of thousands of civil servants have been relocated etc to stop the investigation. The extend and the number are both unbelievable, so I will leave it to look them up yourself (you would never believe an anonymous source on internet talking about 12 digits, would you?)

Now, when it became apparent that the prime minister had no intention to actually let courts do their job, the prosecutors (quite unlawfully) started leaking dozens of voice recordings of their evidence. So far we have learned that Mr. Prime Minister ordering newspapers what not to press, ordering his son to move hundreds of millions of dollars from his house, selling valuable land to his friendly businessmen, using tax law to crush unfriendly businessmen, ordering the police to increase tension during Gezi movement etc. Tomorrow is the big day. It is said that the PM will not be able to keep his post no matter what after the recording posted on 25th of March. The leaked tapes so far has been uncovered PM's behavior so unconstitutional and immoral that I cannot image what could possibly be so much bigger. The expectation is that either PM's ordering assassination of a opposition leader or he having sex with a minor. Whatever it is, it got PM panicked. This is what got actually twitter banned. There is a cover story, but it is so hastily constructed that *the cover story itself is unlawful.* The story is that a court banned twitter on for not complying, a court which is not authorized to do so, and a court which denies doing/trying to do so.

So whatever your ideas on different lands having different customs and laws, this is not the event to discuss them. Twitter ban in Turkey is 100% wrong.

"The" Law? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564311)

Says the minister of a government, who changed duty of about 5000 police right after a corruption operation. There are tapes of government members and PM himself circulating on the internet, where they freely change "The" Law for their own benefit. I think Twitter should have just changed their logo to a middle finger for IP block of Turkey.

Controlling the Message (4, Informative)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 8 months ago | (#46564375)

Coincidentally, the pro-government media just happened to have its cameras pointed at the spot [youtube.com] where a Syrian jet would invade Turkish airspace yesterday and get shot down with a 'satisfying' plume of black smoke.

If somebody has that list of 'steps to totalitarianism' handy, please link it. "Convince the people of an outside threat" is pretty close to the top.

Re:Controlling the Message (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 8 months ago | (#46564451)

The early 21st century is starting to look like the early 20th century.

Re:Controlling the Message (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 8 months ago | (#46564655)

Say hi to modular ari^H^H^Hhistory. ;-)

Re:Controlling the Message (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 8 months ago | (#46564631)

Well, there was a battle going on over there. It's not entirely ridiculous to assume that a camera was trained that direction - especially if there were jets swooping around.

Re:Controlling the Message (1)

sirlark (1676276) | about 8 months ago | (#46564791)

Here's a link to Naomi wolf presenting on the ten steps, which she describes in her book "The End of America"; https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Re:Controlling the Message (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | about 8 months ago | (#46565759)

"The way you make sure to generate profit is to be sure that the enemy you create is us. That we are the enemy in need of surveillance "

--Naomi Wolf, 2007 (28:53)

One prescient lady.

Rotate your tires (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564507)

Speak glowingly of those greater then yourself, and heed well their advice, even though they be Turkies.

Opportunity for Twitter to play politics... (3, Funny)

Entropius (188861) | about 8 months ago | (#46564693)

"Okay, we'll stop our users from calling your government a poopyhead, or whatever. In return? Don't let Russian-flagged ships through the Bosphorus until they leave Crimea."

Re:Opportunity for Twitter to play politics... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46565107)

How's Twitter concerned with Russian ships moving through the Bosporus?

Re:Opportunity for Twitter to play politics... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46565529)

Yes, Twitter playing armchair general would be just brilliant. Maybe we can appoint Lil B the Based God secretary of state.

In related news (3, Funny)

korbulon (2792438) | about 8 months ago | (#46564815)

Turkey to create an alternative social messaging service: gonna call it "Gobbler".

Hilaaaaarious . . . (1)

Kimomaru (2579489) | about 8 months ago | (#46564831)

How comical - "Twitter, obey us! We have this court order we scribbled on a sandwich napkin! And while you're at it, shut your doors and grovel at our feet!"

LOL Turkish Official Pisses into the Wind... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46564877)

Film at 11!

Seriously... don't these people have handlers that keep them from making boners like that in the international public?

LOL

Deja Vu (Again) (4, Interesting)

trydk (930014) | about 8 months ago | (#46565023)

Interesting debate. Not new, but still interesting.

If Twitter does not comply with Turkish law, it is considered natural, since Twitter is based in the US of A and thus not governed by Turkish law. When BETonSPORTS [wikipedia.org] did not comply with American law, their CEO, David Carruthers [wikipedia.org] was arrested in 2006 when in transit to Costa Rica and the following year, founder Gary Kaplan [wikipedia.org] was arrested in the Dominican Republic and extradited to USA — all this despite BETonSPORTS was based in the UK and thus not governed by American law.

Tsch, tsch!

Re:Deja Vu (Again) (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46565325)

That's because neither of those countries could withstand the political pressure of the US. But what bad could possibly come out of not bending over to some old, megalomaniac Turkish jerk?

Re:Deja Vu (Again) (1)

lhunath (1280798) | about 8 months ago | (#46565689)

It is also wholly within Turkey's right to put out arrest for Dick Costolo (Twitter's CEO) and demand his extradition to be tried under Turkish law on what Twitter has done for Turkish residents.

Re:Deja Vu (Again) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566425)

A request that would be easily quashed at an extradition hearing.

Re:Deja Vu (Again) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566533)

Carruthers was arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International. If you don't want to be arrested probably a good idea not to transfer planes in the country that indicted you, as for the other case your complaint is with the Dominican judiciary, perhaps they don't have strong protections against extraditing foreigners.

it is a symbolic fight against reality (1)

Calin Grecu (3557735) | about 8 months ago | (#46565055)

it is insane :)

Some politicians need a quick course on the 'net (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 months ago | (#46565303)

It's always hilarious to see some old men with their heads stuck in an outdated concept of "power" and their own delusions of grandeur try to squelch information they don't like.

Dear idiots: It means jack to block something on the internet. Your powers stop at the borders of your country. Within, you can be all the tinpot dictator you want to be, provided your subjects are stupid enough to let you. Outside, your opinion means jack. Zip. Nada. I know it's a bitter pill to swallow for little Napoleons like you, but you just don't matter outside of the borders of the country that lets you indulge in your ego stroking.

Claiming that you do matter just makes you look stupid to everyone. Essentially, it doubles as the info that the emperor has no clothes.

Tor not that popular (3, Interesting)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | about 8 months ago | (#46565307)

Tor added 10,000 users which for a country the size of Turkey is lost in the noise. Meanwhile a commercial competitor, HotSpot Shield [wsj.com] added about quarter of a million Turkish users in just 12 hours. It'd be nice if the Tor guys made a version that relaxed some of the ultra-paranoid things they do and made a single-hop proxying service for users who don't care much about anonymity and just want to evade censorship.

Re:Tor not that popular (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46572621)

I'm glad that TOR remains "ultra-paranoid" while commercial competitors cater to these spikes of interest in censorship and privacy. More choice for more people.

Back to the old we are Democracy excuse (1)

future assassin (639396) | about 8 months ago | (#46565403)

If someone is running a site out of their own country and US citizens are breaking US law by using said site, the owner of the site is punished by the US law. If its a US citizen owned website running something that is made illegal in another country then its ok because it spreading democracy or some shit like that?

Re:Back to the old we are Democracy excuse (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 7 months ago | (#46584145)

I think a lot of /.ers would say the U.S. shouldn't be doing the first thing, either.

almost correct (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 8 months ago | (#46565495)

Except they're an American company so they actually should see themselves above some stupid dictatorship bullshit human rights violation laws.

Re:almost correct (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566349)

To put that a better way,

The U.S. has an intrest in "being" the most free country on earth, (national pride) and if Twitter (a U.S. based company) bows down to demands of censorship from Turkey, it would look bad. (Both on Twitter (for censoring it's users based on the demands of a corrupt government) and the U.S. (That national pride taking a hit.)) So Twitter ignores Turkey's demands, and Turkey blocks Twitter. Seems about right to me.

Now let's see how long it will take for Turkey's government to have a need to restore access to Twitter, or for some rogue internal system to pop up that offers similar functionality.

Really now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566859)

" I don’t think any global company, whether it’s a media company, whether it’s an industrial company, it shouldn’t see itself [as being] above the law.'"

And I don't think any scumbags should be censoring the internet, nor do most internet users. Go Eff yourself you turkey from Turkey

everyone should be above STUPID laws (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568657)

Law is a great invention, increasing safety from violence to life, liberty, and property; facilitating commerce; providing convenience. It should never be allowed to modify behavior not inconsistent with the foregoing nor to ever modify speach nor protect people from having their beliefs pissed on or their status vanish due to other people being more useful to people as a whole.

twitter is for nitwits and half brains (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568899)

twitter sux, and is used by complete nut heads and mongos

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