Turkey tightens screws on Twitter access, adding blocks for IP address and Google DNS

Posted: March 24, 2014 in The Juice


When the Turkish government ordered ISPs to block access to Twitter(s twtr) last Friday – a reaction to the widespread dissemination of apparent high-level corruption evidence – people in Turkey were able to circumvent the block by using Google’s alternate domain name server (DNS) service. No longer.

The original block seems to have been a DNS direct – that is, people trying to type in “twitter.com” would find their ISP redirecting the request elsewhere, rather than resolving that language-based request to Twitter’s numerical IP address.

That’s why Google’s Public DNS service proved handy, as it provided an alternative way of reaching Twitter — people distributed the address for the service via graffiti and other means, as shown above, with the result that Twitter use in Turkey actually went up 138 percent.

However, on Saturday Turkish newspapers reported that the government had begun blocking access to Google(s goog) DNS itself

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