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March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports.  The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.   VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
March 26, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- A Turkish court on Wednesday suspended a controversial ban on Twitter following an appeal even as the site's lawyers pursue separate legal action against the government's shutdown order, local media reports. Senior members of Turkey's ruling party said they would abide by the court's decision, which the state-run Anadolu news agency labeled a "temporary injunction. " The Turkish telecommunications authority blocked Twitter on Friday, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hounded by corruption allegations leaked to social media platforms, vowed to “eradicate” it. The blockage prompted global outrage and widespread mockery, while Twitter use initially took off throughout the country, which has an estimated 12 million users.
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Turks are finding clever ways to defy the government and get around the ban on Twitter. Workarounds such as DNS and VPN are now part of the lexicon and are being freely shared on social media and are even being painted on walls in Turkey's major cities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged last week to “root out” Twitter ahead of municipal elections after audio tapes said to expose corrupt dealings by Erdogan and others were posted anonymously on the social network.
March 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Twitter users are reporting that numerous tweets have begun to disappear, including the most retweeted picture of all time: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie. Users of the popular microblogging service began tweeting the disappearance of various tweets Tuesday afternoon. Twitter issued a statement saying that it has begun looking into what is causing some tweets to not display properly. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device The DeGeneres selfie, which previously could be found here , broke the record for most retweets after being posted by the entertainer during the 86th Academy Awards this month.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
In case there were any doubts about Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's slide into authoritarianism, they disappeared in one fell tweet Thursday when the government blocked access to the Twitter social media site. Though in the end, the move may have backfired. The editorial page noted shortly after Erdogan's Justice and Development Party pushed through a change in Turkish law last month granting Erdogan's government the power to block Internet sites that the move threatened democratic free expression and corruption probes.
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is working to get its service back up and running in Turkey after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled the plug on the social network. “We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform,” Twitter's policy team said in a tweet on Friday. “We hope to have full access returned soon.” The ban was prompted by links posted to Twitter of audio clips that appeared to incriminate Erdogan in corruption ahead of local elections.
March 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter -- the microblogging platform whose identity is closely intertwined with hashtags and the @ symbol -- is now considering removing those two elements from its service. Vivian Schiller, the company's head of news, this week called hashtags and the @-reply symbol "arcane," hinting that both may be moved into the background of Twitter's service, according to BuzzFeed . Schiller made her comments at the Newspaper Assn. of America's mediaXchange conference in Denver. Already, Twitter has begun phasing out the @ symbol on the Android alpha test group version of its app, according to BuzzFeed.
March 21, 2014 | By Glen Johnson
GAZIENTEP, Turkey - A government attempt to block access to Twitter in Turkey drew international criticism and widespread ridicule on Friday, much of it online. The flap, which also exacerbated a growing split between president Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came nine days before bellwether municipal elections. The polling is considered a key test of Erdogan's standing, which has been eroded by an ongoing corruption scandal. Access to the micro-blogging site for Turkish users was restricted late Thursday, hours after Erdogan vowed in a speech to “eradicate” it. Would-be users encountered a notice from the state telecommunications authority citing court action in blocking the site.
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday this week by looking up your first tweet, thanks to a new tool by Twitter. The San Francisco microblogging social network this week turns 8 years old, and to celebrate, it launched , a website that makes it easy for users to quickly find their very first tweet.  "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet -- or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter said in a...
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
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