ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a ban on Twitter in the country Thursday, but that didn't stop people from circumventing his "futile" ban.
"Twitter and so on, we will root them out. The international community can say this or that -- I don't care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic," said Erdogan Thursday.
Not long after the government shut down Twitter in the country, Turkey's 10 million Twitter users fought back. Using different DNS's and VPNs, they quickly took to Twitter and called the ban "groundless" and "futile." Twitter also tweeted to their Turkish users how to get around the block using text messages. Wikileaks even created a step-by-step video on how to change the DNS on an iPhone so people could tweet from their mobile device.
After users jumped on these workarounds, #TwitterisblockedinTurkey became a global trending hashtag, with its strongest concentration in Turkey. People were tweeting this hashtag along with pictures of building sides in Turkey spray-painted with alternative DNS addresses.
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the EU commission, had a very quick reaction.
The Twitter ban in #Turkey is groundless, pointless, cowardly. Turkish people and intl community will see this as censorship. It is.— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) March 20, 2014
So rather than calming the civil unrest in Turkey, it has only made it stronger and viral.