The Turkish government has blocked access to Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other social-media networks following its detention of several pro-Kurdish leaders, according to a group that monitors internet shutdowns in the country.
Turkey Blocks said the government has also placed nationwide restrictions on YouTube, Skype and Instagram by way of speed throttling, a method that slows websites to the point of being unusable.
"Internet restrictions are increasingly being used in Turkey to suppress media coverage of political incidents, a form of censorship deployed at short notice to prevent civil unrest," Turkey Blocks said in a blog post Friday.
The latest blocking is related to a recent raid on the headquarters of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a leftist group that opposes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's leadership, Turkey Blocks said.
Turkish authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp.