Turkey blocks social media following Ankara attack

A court in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday evening ordered a ban on access to Facebook and Twitter, after images from the deadly car bombing earlier in the day in the city were shared on the social media platforms, Reuters reports.

Several local users reported difficulty in accessing the sites, according to the news agency. This would not be the first time that social media sites have been blocked in Turkey, as the country last year blocked access to Twitter over the sharing of photographs of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint by far-left militants.

In January of 2015, the country  blocked access to all sites which carried the front page of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of Mohammed following the massacre at the magazine's office by Muslim terrorists. That same month the government reportedly ordered the closure of all websites which published details of alleged Turkish arms transfers to Sunni Islamist rebels in Syria.

In 2014, after briefly banning all access to Twitter, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" the social media site.

Turkey has in recent years tightened government control of the Internet and the judiciary, generating criticism from rights groups.

At least 32 people were killed and over 70 wounded in Sunday's attack, which took place when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated close to bus stops near a park at Ankara's main square, Kizila.

No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. A Turkish security official said that initial findings suggest the attack was carried out by the Kurdish PKK group or an affiliated group.

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