Turkey adopts new tactic to block social media

Turkey has reportedly started hijacking net addresses in an attempt to step up blocks on social media

Turkey has reportedly started hijacking net addresses in an attempt to step up blocks on access to social media in the country.

This is the latest in a series of attempts in recent days to clamp down on Twitter and YouTube after critical and embarrassing content was posted on the social media platforms.

Turkish authorities have a long history of monitoring and filtering web content and intermittently blocking access to online services.

In the latest move, the government has ordered IP addresses belonging to Google, Level 3 and OpenDNS to be hijacked, effectively blocking access to the sites, according to the BBC.

The action comes after Turkish authorities tried to block access to Twitter and YouTube by getting internet service providers to stop their domain name servers directing people to the sites.

But many people in Turkey found ways around the blocks by using domain name servers run by Google, Level 3, OpenDNS and others.

The latest move is aimed at shutting down these workarounds by ordering Turkey's ISPs to hijack the addresses and redirect traffic to a page that says the site cannot be found.

But reports said the sites will still be accessible to Turkish citizens who use other domain name servers or virtual private networks (VPNs) to reach the social media services.

Late last week, a Turkish court ordered the ban on Twitter to be lifted, but reports said it is not yet clear when that ruling will come into effect.

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