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Turkish president interviewed via FaceTime during military coup

Engadget Engadget 15/07/2016 Richard Lawler
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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.

According to the group Turkey Blocks, access to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook was disabled after the military uprising began a few hours ago. Twitter's Policy account said that it is not blocked, but "we suspect there is an intentional slowing of our traffic in country."

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