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Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube suspended in Turkey after blast

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Following the tragic incident that sent chills down everyone’s spines, Turkish residents were met with another unexpected happening—a broadcast ban from Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) that discouraged dissemination of information related to the attack.

Turkish Internet Service Providers (ISPs) began throttling access to social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Telegram Sources based in Turkey shared with BleepingComputer that they were unable to access social media apps restricting flow of updates and information concerning the incident. No significant disruption was reported by WhatsApp users, however.

After analyzing network traffic, internet watchdog NetBlocks confirmed that a widespread social media restriction was in effect across the nation, although access is being restored as of this morning.

“Real-time NetBlocks metrics show that social media and communications platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and some Telegram servers were restricted from Sunday afternoon,” stated NetBlocks.

“The measure was initially implemented on leading network operator Turk Telekom, and subsequently extended to cover most major internet providers. Metrics are taken from an initial set of 50 vantage points across the country and corroborate user reports of service unavailability.”

Social media law sparks fears of censorship

Last month, Turkey’s “disinformation” law proposed by President Erdoğan’s ruling AK Party went into effect.

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