One of Turkey’s most popular social networks, the dictionary-based discussion forum Ekşi Sözlük, has been blocked by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). The site was on the target of pro-government media outlets due to its posts on the earthquakes.
Ekşi Sözlük said on its Twitter account that it was aware of the access ban but “did not have information as to its details.” “We are trying to receive information from the officials. We are going to share it as we get information,” it said.
merhaba, erişim engeli konusunda bir karar olduğunu gördük ancak ayrıntısı hakkında bilgi sahibi değiliz, yetkililerden bilgi almaya çalışıyoruz. bilgi aldıkça paylaşacağız.— ekşi sözlük (@sozluk) February 21, 2023
Ekşi Sözlük lawyer Başak Purut also made an announcement on its Twitter account, saying: “We have a little while ago found out that there is a ban decision about Ekş Sözlük; we are looking into the issue.”
Purut told journalist Cüneyt Özdemir that they have been trying to reach BTK for hours, but could not reach anyone. “BTK decided on its own, but we were not given any content with regards to the decision,” she told Özdemir, according to reporting by online news outlet Diken.
Leading cyber rights expert tweeted that the BTK based its decision most likely on the grounds of “national security, public order, protection of children and law on National Intelligence Organization (MİT).”
Ekşi Sözlük, BTK kararıyla erişime engellendi. BTK'nın yasadaki yetkisi 8/A maddesindeki milli güvenlik & kamu düzeni gibi sebeplerle birlikte 8. maddede yer alan çocukların korunması ile ilgili sebepler ve son eklenen MİT Kanunda yer alan bazı maddelere ilişkin. @basakpurut https://t.co/zIgG9TBzOO— Yaman Akdeniz (@cyberrights) February 21, 2023