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No Tweeting in Turkey

9:25 AM, Mar 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The government of Turkey has pulled the plug on Twitter and the White House is not happy.  As Mario Trujillo of the Hill reports:

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday the administration is deeply concerned the Turkish government attempted to block access to Twitter in the country.  Carney said the administration has spoken to Turkey's government about the issue and has urged it to restore access to the social media service.

The Turks evidently mean business as:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the roots of the social media site after tweets with links to alleged phone recordings of Turkish officials engaging in corruption began to spring up ahead of the country's elections later this month. 

With a U.S. State Department spokesperson saying that while:

… the actions run counter to the Turkish government's stated "desire to be a model of democracy.” … the country remains a close ally of the United States. 

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