Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters
Access was restricted in Turkey on Friday to Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube shortly after news broke that a military coup was under way, according to two internet monitoring groups.
Turkey Blocks, a group that monitors internet shutdowns in the country, and Dyn, which monitors internet performance and traffic globally, both reported it was difficult or impossible to access social media services in Turkey.
Turkey’s military said on Friday it had seized power, but the prime minister said the attempted coup would be put down.
The Turkish government under President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly moved to block social media in periods of crisis and political uncertainty, including before elections in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether the government or another actor ordered the block late Friday.
The government normally implements its internet restrictions through orders to Turkey’s main internet service providers.
(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb in San Francisco; Editing by James Dalgleish and Business Insider)
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