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Turkish authorities are now allowed to "_block websites without a court order_" due to legislation that was signed on Tuesday, according to an article published by the Web Hosting Industry Review. The article says that now Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signed the "_controversial bill_" the government will have the ability to "_monitor telecommunications and ISPs, allowing the government to block online content it deems illegal or to be in violation of someone's privacy._" It is reported in the article that citizens of the country feel that the new law will be "_mismanaged by the government – which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery._"

According to the report, the new Turkish law states that Internet Service Providers (ISP) "must keep records of user activities for two years and hand them over to authorities. These events, as confirmed in the article, have "ignited a firestorm on social media\. " This recent decision has caused the president's online following to take a nosedive overnight, resulting in him losing "_nearly 80,000 Twitter followers_", according to the_ article. The country was already known to have "_strict Internet laws_"and was also listed by Google as the "_top country to remove content\, "as the_ report indicates. Now, this new action is feeling criticism by the European Union, which, according to the article, "_Turkey has hoped to join for decades."

Read more about this event in the full article and how in other parts of Europe, leaders are considering the "_creation of a separate European communications network_" and taking US-based servers out of their equation.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  February 21, 2014

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