Facebook accessibility issues in Turkey: technical glitch or censorship?

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According to our tips inbox and complaints on Twitter and local blogs, popular social network Facebook has been unavailable to at least a subset of users in Turkey for a number of hours now, although it appears to be coming back up for some users in the last half hour or so.

Facebook being down for several hours in Turkey is a big deal, because the country is said to be the third largest on Facebook, at least according to comScore.

The question is: is this a technical issue limited to one country only, or did the Turkish government move to (perhaps temporarily) block access to the social networking service?

Turkish authorities regularly block access to sites like YouTube and MySpace when it is unhappy with the content that users generate and publish on such networks.

Any Turkish TC readers out there who can offer confirmation or more information?

We’ve reached out to Facebook to learn more about the (for some, ongoing) connection problems millions of Turkish users faced this morning and will update accordingly.

Update: Facebook confirms that some users were having difficulty accessing Facebook from Turkey, but that the issues appear to have been resolved now. The company hinted that there might have been an outage at Turk Telecom.

(Thanks to Ari Bencuya for the heads up)

  • Banu

    there is not any censor to FB or a technical problem !

    I’m using FB since early am ’til now.

    I’d advise you guys to seriously check before publishing this kind of accusing stuff.

  • Ebru

    I live in Istanbul and spend aprx 12hrs/day on the net.

    So, just for your information, there is not any censor nor a technical problem with Facebook in Turkey.

    I suggest that you make an amendment to your article.

    Thanks and have a nice day!
    Ebru

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  • baha

    There was a routing problem with FB in the telecom backbone since last night. It should have been fixed by now.

  • http://www.webrazzi.com Arda Kutsal

    Robin, everything is fine, there is no problem with Facebook in Turkey.

  • cio

    experienced problems a few times.

  • Steve J

    There was a problem from Ankara. I could access Fb through an Australian proxy server, but was unable to tracert the servers from Ankara past TTNET. So looks like a technical issue for some users in Turkey which has now resolved itself.

  • http://facebook nantanaly@yaoo.com

    I never heard from IBRAHIM YAPUZ is his ID in Turkey he can alive shortly as illness. so if someone knows him. It would be great if I could hear about him, he is my love. Thank you very much.

  • Sofia

    THIS SAYS IN FACEBBOK.COM WHEN YOU TRY TO LOG IN:

    Bu siteye erişim, sakıncalı içeriğinden dolayı, Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı isteğiyle, Türk Telekom A.Ş. tarafından engellenmiştir.

    Translation to english:

    Access to this site, because of objectionable content, the request of the Ministry of Education, the Turkish Telecom Inc. disabled.

  • MARYAYHAN

    No member of my family have been able to access Facebook here in Turkey for the past day, anyone who why??? Its extremely frustrating!!

  • MARYAYHAN

    No member of my family have been able to access Facebook here in Turkey for the past day, anyone who why??? Its extremely frustrating!!

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