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Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during military coup

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has frequently censored internet services, but needed one today.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
July 15, 2016
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As Turkey's armed forces seized control of the country today, an odd scene unfolded on CNNTurk as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared live on the screen of an iPhone. News reports indicated he was safe but did not confirm his location, while Erdogan called on the public to support him in public squares and airports. Being forced to rely on internet communications like FaceTime is particularly notable for Erdogan, who has been described as "One of the world's most determined internet censors," for repeatedly shutting down access to services like Twitter and YouTube.

Facebook.com/live page showing streams from Turkey

According to the group Turkey Blocks, access to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook was disabled after the military uprising began a few hours ago (Update: two hour period of throttling). Twitter's Policy account said that it is not blocked, but "we suspect there is an intentional slowing of our traffic in country." The coup attempt is still ongoing, as there are reports of shots fired and hostages taken at the military headquarters in the country's capital city of Ankara. Despite whatever blocks are in place, Periscope is very popular in Turkey, and a number of livestreams are currently showing protests occurring around the country.

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