Urgent action for Twitter before the start of the Turkish elections

Urgent action for Twitter before the start of the Turkish elections
Urgent action for Twitter before the start of the Turkish elections

Twitter has announced that some content will be banned in Turkey ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for Sunday.

According to the American “Forbes” network, “Twitter” did not clarify what tweets were banned in Turkey, nor who requested the ban.

The Twitter account specialized in global government affairs stated that, “In response to legal procedures and to ensure that Twitter is available to the people of Turkey, we have taken measures to restrict access to some content in Turkey.”

He added that he had informed the concerned account holders of the new decision, indicating that the content banned in Turkey would be available in the rest of the world.

For his part, the owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, defended the new policy regarding the Turkish elections.

Musk responded to a tweet called “Matthew Yglesias”, an opinion writer for Bloomberg, where he talked about the request from Turkey, to say to the first, “Have you lost your mind, Yglesias? The choice here is either to restrict Twitter entirely or to restrict access to some tweets, so whichever option you want ?”

Erdogan and Elon Musk

Today, Saturday, Turkey entered the electoral silence, starting at six in the evening, on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections, according to what was reported by the Turkish “Anatolia” agency.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Turkey will witness the start of the general elections, which will decide whether the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will keep his seat, in front of his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the opposition.

In the presidential elections, in order for a candidate to become president in the first round of voting, he must obtain more than 50% of the votes cast, and in the event that no candidate achieves this, a second round of voting will take place on May 28.

Regarding the parliamentary elections, Turkish voters will elect 600 members of Parliament in 87 constituencies, where individuals are chosen through a proportional representation system that includes party lists.

The process is usually monitored by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country, and each party also sends observers.