In fact, 77% of the tweets sent using Thursday's globally trending #twitterblockedinturkey hashtag came from within the country’s borders, according to Mashable, at a rate of 17,000 tweets a minute.


Whether Erdoğan (or leadership in Beijing, for that matter) like it or not, the deep penetration of social media into the everyday life of internet users has made old censorship techniques invalid. In the words of Ai WeiWei, one of China’s most notorious tweeters and dissenters, “the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.”

When Twitter had its initial public offering in November, I wrote that “Twitter’s success might depend on international tolerance” of dissent through the medium. Attempting to shut down the service in the fifth most notorious tweeting country might sound like it would cause Twitter’s stocks to crash significantly.


But when you look at the tickers, it looks like just another day for the company, though Wall Street and others are keeping a close watch. If I had to bet, I would say that in the long run, technology, ingenuity and resistance will prevail. Regardless of what China and Turkey think, Twitter is here to stay.

Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.