The recordings involve a man, supposedly Erdogan, telling his son to get rid of a bunch of cash. After the Twitter ban, reportedly anyone in Turkey who tried to access the site was met with a message displaying court orders, explaining why the site is no longer accessible. In what sounds like something the villain in an action movie would announce before poisoning the internet’s water supply, Erdogan said, “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”
The ban started just after midnight, and slowly rolled out to the whole of Turkey, the speed at which it reached various users depending upon their service provider. According to the administration, Twitter failed to comply with a court’s order to remove certain links from its service, so that, Erdogan’s administration claims, forced Turkey’s ban hammer. Erdogan also threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube.
Of course, this ban didn’t stop Turkey from being able to tweet, as the country’s users managed to get through using an alternate DNS, anonymous VPNs, or through Twitter’s SMS service. According to social media monitoring firms Brandwatch and We Are Social, tweets from the country since the ban have risen 138%.
The situation in Turkey is far from over, but if there’s one thing Erdogan just learned, it’s that it’s really difficult to block internet services in 2014 if you don’t remove internet access entirely.