Turkey Literally Broke the Internet

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PHOTO: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images; MASH UP: ABCNews.com

Last week, the country of Turkey experienced a social media snafu when two members of the Turkish leftist group DHKP/C (which is recognized by the U.S. as a terrorist organization), took a public prosecutor hostage in his Istanbul courthouse office.

According to The Daily Dot, a photo depicting one member pressing his gun against prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz’s temple started to go viral.

So what’s a government to do? Issue an immediate gag order on news of the incident. Yes, they broke the Internet: all news sites and social media platforms were blocked on Turkish search engines.

Not even the cracked customer service crew at Comcast could help:

“Media groups … publishing these photos are almost doing the propaganda of a terrorist organization,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a news conference Monday. “Continuing to do so despite all warnings and criticisms is unacceptable.”

Based on Turkish document from an Istanbul court, 166 URLs were banned: 78 news items, 10 Twitter accounts, 54 Twitter statuses, four Facebook photos, and 16 YouTube videos.

ICYMI, President Recap Tayyip Erdogan is known for his disdain of Twitter especially, calling it “the worst menace to society.” In fact, he has already blocked more than 68,000 websites, including French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

And you think you have it bad because you can’t use Facebook on your work computer. #PWNED