Turkey appears to be in vanguard of ‘throttling’ social media after attacks

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Can Sezer SAN FRANCISCO/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – After suicide bombers killed 45 people at Istanbul's main airport last week, the Turkish government appeared to take a step that has become increasingly common around the world in moments of political uncertainty: restricting access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Turkey denies that it blocks the internet, blaming outages last week and earlier this year on spikes in usage after major events. Countries such as China and Iran have long kept tight control over online media, but human rights and internet activists say that many more democratic governments are now using internet cutoffs to stifle free speech under the guise of fighting terrorism.

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