The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey. Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) on Saturday confirmed the news but did not comment on anything about why the website was blocked.
Turkey Blocks, a watchdog on the Internet’s restrictions on the Turkish authorities, said in a statement that after the administrative authority’s order, all versions of Wikipedia.org were discontinued from the morning in the morning.
Earlier in November last year, the Turkish government shut down a number of websites including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım then said that keeping in mind the national interest, authorities will temporarily take these steps. When the danger is over, it will return to normalcy.
However, critics consider these steps as a stepping stone for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to step into the administration.
Many of the Turkish Internet users were working on the government’s private initiative through Vertical Private Network (VPN). But the Turkish authorities are now shutting down the VPN also.