Disruptions of Social Media Platforms in Turkey

Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 17:01

The Global Network Initiative is closely monitoring reports that access to social media platforms in Turkey is being widely disrupted.

These latest restrictions come after reports last week of a complete Internet shutdown in the southeast of the country, and follow a series of other disruptions to communications services over the past year, including around a failed coup attempt in July.

GNI will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and for more on this issue, see the GNI and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue Joint Statement on Network and Service Shutdowns.

 The Global Network Initiative recently released a report, “The Economic Impact of Disruptions to Internet Connectivity,” highlighting the significant economic damage caused around the world by deliberate shutdowns and disruptions to the Internet.

About the Global Network Initiative

Launched in 2008, the Global Network Initiative occupies a unique place in the global conversation about freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology Sector. The GNI is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together information and communications technology companies, civil society (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics and investors from around the world to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy. Our company members are Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo. Our observer members include Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Teléfonica, Telenor Group, Telia Company and Vodafone Group.

A full list of GNI members and observers can be found here