Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) played a vital part in the stopping deadly coup that took place in Turkey this Friday. The social networking giant worked as a primary form of communication during most of the attempt. It did all this through a few of its platforms as well, not excluding a pivotal broadcast made by the country’s president via Facetime. The coup was officially declared as a failure on Saturday morning.
Turkey under siege
A fraction of the Turkish military tried to take over the country this week. Experts speaking to CNN describe the act as a well-planned but “doomed to fail” plan. Friday evening in Istanbul was riddled with gunfire. There were loud explosions and a lot of confusion. Despite the violence and chaos, military forces did not succeed in overthrowing the government.
Most citizens were depicted out in the streets on the night of the coup attempt, scared and confused as news quickly spread about the siege. The military action that took place in capitals Istanbul and Ankara is reported to have been sudden and highly unexpected. A popular broadcasting network was taken over and it is through this platform where the coup was made widespread.
Twitter saves the day
Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is another medium that was used to depict the country that night. The micro-blogging platform was filled with helpful and essential posts about Turkey through most of the evening. Citizens turned to their social networks looking to share their concerns and find answers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other state officials turned to site as well. The president’s condition and whereabouts were largely unknown until Twitter conveyed a message. Erdogan announced through a series pf tweets that he was alright. He then called for every citizen to fill streets in retaliation.
“We should keep on owning the streets no matter at what stage because a new flare-up could take place at any moment,” Erdogan tweeted.
The president then turned to Facetime to further rally the country behind him and assure the people that counter measures are being taken. Today he is reported to have ordered the beheading of certain coup organizers.
The takeover attempt was officially declared a failure at around 3 AM on Saturday. However, over 160 people were reported dead by the time the sun came up the next day. Some 2000 military officers were said to have been detained that same morning, and around 1,500 people were reported to be injured.
According to news reports, citizens of Turkey are divided when it comes to Erdogan’s presidency. He is seen as a corrupt and controversial leader with scandals that allegedly tie him to extremists groups like ISIS. The military fraction is said to have carried out its plan efficiently and even managed to block Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook for most of the evening. It was lead by anti-Erdogan agendas.
It is unclear as of yet at which point the siege turned to the government’s failure. However, the nearly successful coup attempt places even more weight on the pressure to remove President Erdogan from power. It is viewed as a huge failure by the ruling AKP Party to to serve and protect its people.