Twitter outage hits Turkey as prime minister says he will ‘eradicate’ it

Turkey is blocking access to Twitter in the run-up to a heated election that has seen social media become a battleground for pro- and anti-government factions. The Hürriyet Daily News reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to eliminate access to the service entirely after tweets were published linking him to corruption. “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter,” Erdoğan said at a campaign rally, according to the publication. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”

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