THE ANTI-FRIENDLY Turkish government has once again blocked local access to commonly used social networks including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
We have been here before. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan squats on communications every time anyone starts talking about him, his party, his family, and probably Turkey, in a less than positive way.
Today it is because some political opposition is getting the spotlight, so the move makes sense if you are someone like Erdogan who shuts down communications at the drop of a hat.
"The TurkeyBlocks monitoring network has detected restrictions on access to multiple social media services Facebook, Twitter and YouTube throughout Turkey beginning Friday Nov 04 2016 1:20AM local time, ongoing as of Friday noon," reported Turkey watcher TurkeyBlocks.
"Restrictions on messaging services WhatsApp, Skype and Instagram have also now been detected, validating widespread user complaints about WhatsApp service failure in Turkey - the first time nationwide restrictions have been detected on the popular messaging apps in recent years.
"The incident is believed to be related to the detention of multiple leaders of opposition political party HDP, accompanied by raids on the HDP headquarters in Ankara."
That sounds plausible from here. We assume, and hope, that politically minded Turks have familiarised themselves with VPNs and other ways to carry on communicating. If they have not, they will have missed the news that Erdogan wanted to step on in October.
Erdogan's son Berat Albayrak, the local minister of energy and natural resources, was linked to a collection of hacked emails that reflected badly on him and the government.
Erdogan senior ordered a block to limit the damage caused by 17GB of implicatory material.
"Analysts note that social media throttling has been implemented frequently following national emergencies like terror attacks to censor media coverage and permit the authorities a degree of control over narrative," added TurkeyBlocks.
"VPN tunnels have proved to be an effective means of circumvention for users determined to work around network throttling, which slows down and effectively blocks services on fixed lines and mobile devices." µ
Oh and it'll also help give aural pleasure
But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too