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Turkey Bans Twitter The U.S. Should Unfollow Turkey

Erdoğan might have stopped Turks from tweeting, but he should no longer be able to keep American leaders from voicing their views of his increasing authoritarianism. It’s time for the White House to speak up.

Published on March 21, 2014
On midnight on Thursday, Turkey joined the ranks of countries like Iran, North Korea, Syria and China that block their citizens from using Twitter. Unlike those other countries, however, Turkey is a close U.S. ally. Yet, this move is as unsurprising as it is worrisome. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has become increasingly authoritarian of late, engendering ever greater dissent both among its erstwhile political allies and within Turkish society. Erdoğan has resorted to even more oppressive tactics to quash such opposition. The Twitter ban is merely the latest, and most heavy-handed, salvo in his battle for political...