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Turkey Blocks Google DNS as Erdogan Defends Twitter Action

Turkey blocked a Google Inc. service used by Turks to circumvent a ban on Twitter Inc., the Hurriyet and Haberturk newspapers said, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government defended the social media clampdown.

The government prevented access to Google DNS today, the newspapers reported. To use Twitter, Turks had turned to DNS, which was created in the 1980s to help computers find websites using words instead of numbers. Calls to Erdogan’s office and the country’s telecommunications watchdog went unanswered today.