Following the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to ban Twitter, Twitter has issued an official response condemning Turkey’s actions.
We stand with our users in Turkey who rely on Twitter as a vital communications platform. We hope to have full access returned soon.
— Policy (@policy) March 21, 2014
Twitter has a lengthy history of refusing to pick sides in political discussions, although it has often stood up for people’s right to access the service when governments have blocked it, and its @policy account, where these tweets appeared, has a track record of making statements against government surveillance and restriction of access to the Internet or Twitter’s own product.
Twitter has fought against bans such as this in the past. One noteworthy example is Twitter’s collaboration with Google during the 2011 Egyptian protests. The resulting tool, “Speak to Tweet,” was an online voicemail service that tweeted links to the voice recordings with the “#egypt” hashtag. Later in the month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone published a blog post stating the company’s beliefs in the free flow of information and tweets.
Twitter has not yet respond to our requests for comment and more clarification.