Dear Dictators: Yes, Please Try to Block Twitter

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So how was your day, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? We’re guessing it didn’t go quite the way you intended. For example, several million fewer people on this planet didn’t associate your name, if they knew it at all, with the word “dictator.”

But that was the top worldwide trending hashtag for many long primetime hours on Twitter Thursday — #DictatorErdoğan. Suddenly, millions of non-Turks who didn’t know your name went running to their Wikipedias to find out this latest globally-acknowledged bad guy was. Who was joining the elite club of North Korea, Iran, Syria and the other global pariahs who’ve tried blocking Twitter? Read more…

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