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Twitter Goes Dark in Turkey Hours After Country’s PM Threatened to ‘Wipe Out’ Service (TechCrunch)
After Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan promised that he would “wipe out” Twitter after it apparently ignored court orders asking the site to remove certain corruption allegations, the service has gone dark in the country. WSJ The move, confirmed by the telecommunications regulator and the state news agency, sent shock waves across Turkey, which is one of the top 10 users of Twitter worldwide with more than 10 million users. Turkish citizens have increasingly turned to the medium to voice opposition to the government and organize demonstrations as mainstream media have avoided criticism of Erdoğan. Variety At a rally in Bursa, Erdoğan pledged to do away with Twitter completely. “We will eradicate Twitter,” he said. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” Tensions between Erdoğan and Twitter had been building for some time. On Feb. 25, the prime minister claimed a “robot lobby” was targeting government through Twitter. He also threatened on March 6 to shut down both Twitter and Facebook in Turkey “if necessary.” Bloomberg Businessweek Erdoğan said the microblogging service ignored court orders to remove content related to a government corruption scandal. The tweets targeted by the premier are from an anonymous user going by the name of Haramzadeler, a Turkish phrase that means Sons of Thieves. The person or persons have been leaking documents and audio files described as the results of a 15-month prosecutor-led investigation into corruption in Erdoğan’s government. Time Those who tried to access Twitter Thursday were taken to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications regulator that cites court orders allowing the government to ban Twitter. In 2013 during the Occupy Gezi protests, Erdoğan called all of social media “the worst menace to society.” The Washington Post / Morning Mix After Turkey’s Twitter was apparently disabled, the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey went supernova, though Twitter is still accessible via the site’s SMS service, which allows Turks to text in a tweet.

Netflix Blasts Comcast, Verizon on Net Neutrality: ‘Some Big ISPs Are Extracting A Toll’ (The Verge)
Last month Netflix decided it would pay off huge Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast to make its service better for customers, but it’s clear that the popular streaming company doesn’t want to be forced to cut similar deals in the future. In a measured and strongly worded article issued Thursday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that “net neutrality must be defended and strengthened,” calling out giants like Comcast and Verizon for bad behavior. Adweek Hastings took to his company’s blog to call for Washington and the Federal Communications Commission to pass stronger net neutrality rules so that Netflix doesn’t have to keep paying “Internet tolls” to powerful ISPs to deliver its content to consumers. THR The blog post is part of Netflix’s effort to support the FCC’s enforcement of an open Internet, known as net neutrality. The agency is in the process of drafting new anti-discrimination rules. Technically, the FCC’s net neutrality rules would not affect the deal signed in February between Netflix and Comcast. Variety What Hastings called “weak” net neutrality were the previous FCC rules that an appeals court struck down in January. Those prohibited ISPs from blocking or degrading traffic based on source. But Comcast is still bound to abide by those rules until 2018, under its agreement with the U.S. government in connection with its deal for NBCUniversal.

White House And Its Reporters Rush to Debunk Claim About Submitting Questions in Advance (The Washington Post / Post Politics)
The White House and reporters who cover it on Thursday corrected a local reporter’s claim that the correspondents submit their questions to White House press secretary Jay Carney in advance of daily briefings. The claim was made by a local reporter who was part of a team of local journalists granted interviews with President Obama on Wednesday. She said in her report that she was told correspondents submit questions to Carney in advance and are often given written responses. HuffPost Carney refuted the claim on Twitter Thursday, with several members of the White House press corps also denying there was any truth to the idea. TVSpy KPHO reporter Catherine Anaya was in Washington, D.C. as part of a presidential interview junket where local reporters get an audience with the commander in chief. She told the anchors back in Phoenix about her off the record visit with Carney, which she revealed, “And then [Carney] also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask… or the correspondents… they are provided to him in advance.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Anaya later retracted her claim, saying that she “inadvertently” gave the impression that all reporters submit questions ahead of time, when in fact she meant only to say that she had provided her question ahead of time. The statement has since been removed from the KPHO website.