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Turks using Israeli technology to get past government Twitter ban

By Mason White 4:12 PM April 3, 2014
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(Scroll down for video) Millions of Turks were left without Twitter after the government shut it down earlier this week.

However, some Turks are able to get past the ban by using Israeli technology, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Internet users have been getting past the Turkish Internet Service Providers, thanks to the Israeli Internet start-up called Green Team. While Green Team’s goal is to provide solutions to enable safe access to the Internet for kids, schools and families, the service provider also offers a free, alternative DNS that does not block Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites.

Turkish users have been utilizing different methods including using the different DNS’s provided by Green Team to access Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites. Last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned Twitter.

“We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdogan stated at a campaign rally in Bursa, a day before the ban was officially announced. When incriminating audio recordings revealing government corruption in Erdogan’s inner circles began appearing on social media sites, Erdogan began taking action against social media sites, stating that his enemies were using those sites against him.

Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development Party, won in local elections on Sunday, following the Turkish PM’s clampdown on the press and the Internet as well as corruption claims.

Green Team CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel that his company has noticed significantly more traffic on their servers than usual – with most of them originating from Turkey this past week. “On Tuesday, we noticed there was a lot of traffic on our servers, more than usual,” GreenTeam CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel.

“A check of the IP addresses connecting to us showed that most of them originated in Turkey — with about 100,000 connections from Turkish users over a 24-hour period,” he said.

The traffic spike occurred because Turkish Internet service providers had banned connections to an open server run by Google the previous day. Now that the word is out, Allouch will continue to help out the Turkish users, saying that he believes that his company has an obligation to help them, if they are turning to Green Team.

“Starting Thursday, we will set up an alternative DNS server without filtering restrictions, specifically for use by Turkish users,” he said. In the meantime, Turkey’s highest court challenged the Twitter ban, ruling on Thursday that the government’s block on the on-line messaging service is unconstitutional, violating freedom of expression and individual rights to citizens.