Map: Countries that have blocked Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Sunday, 2 March 2014 - 7:00pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA web desk

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had announced a complete ban on social media platform Twitter ahead of the elections. Earlier there were reports that the country would take this stand because international communities scoured Twitter for information and reportage. 

Erdogan announced that Twitter was now disabled in the country. “We’ll eradicate Twitter,” he had said in a report. 

Read the full report here: Turkey bans Twitter before elections: A look at Twitter's controversial journey so far

Meanwhile, let us tell you that Turkey is not the only country that has resorted to blocking social media. Below is a comprehensive map that highlights countries that block social media. The mediums include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

This data was compiled with help from Google's transparency report, Twitter, and the OpenNet Initiative, a partnership between the University of Toronto, Harvard, and the SecDev Group in Ottawa.

It doesn't take into account countries like India where only certain pages or videos may be censored.

Plus, Google and Twitter don't list their services as being blocked in Cuba, but social networks there are difficult to access because of additional expenses. 

Image Credit: Data crunching using Google Opn source data

Iran: Iran has blocked Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on since they were banned in 2009 following Iran's contentious presidential elections.

China: China blocked Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in 2009. The Twitter and Facebook bans took place after a peaceful protest by Uighurs, China's Muslim ethnic minority, broke into deadly riots in Xinjiang. 

Vietnam: Over the last couple of years, there have been widespread reports of Facebook being blocked in Vietnam. The block is fairly easy to bypass, and many Vietnamese citizens use the social network. However, in September 2013, Vietnam passed a law prohibiting citizens from posting anti-government content on the social network. 

Pakistan: In September 2012, Pakistan blocked YouTube after the site reportedly refused to take down an anti-Islam video that sparked protests in the country. The block has continued through March 2014, according to Google reports. 

North Korea: Internet access is highly restricted in North Korea. South Korea followed suit instantly. 

Eritrea: According to Reporters Without Borders, in 2011, two of the country's major internet service providers blocked YouTube. Google does not include Eritrea on its list of countries in its transparency report that currently block YouTube, but notes that the list is not comprehensive and may not include partial blocks. 




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