The Turkish Government blocked Twitter a few days ago after it was used to expose alleged government corruption. Turkish residents began using Google’s public DNS service to circumvent the block.
Today, a Turkish publication is reporting that the Turkish government has also blocked Google’s DNS service, making it even harder to circumvent the ban. People in Turkey can still use VPN services to access Twitter, but it’s clear that the government is not backing down.
News of DNS workarounds have quickly spread through the country; tweets sent from Turkey were up over 138% compared to before the censorship was implemented.
CNET has also reported that YouTube is at risk of being censored in Turkey as well. The video service has started to receive a large number of requests from Turkish authorities for videos to be taken down, but the company refuses to remove the videos in support of a “free and open Internet.”
Twitter’s lawyers met with the Turkish government yesterday, but it’s unclear whether the meeting will result in changes to the ongoing censorship of the service.