Mar 06 2018

Wikipedia starts "We miss Turkey" campaign

Wikipedia, the web-based non-profit reference site, started a new campaign today to reach one of the few country's in the world in which it has been blocked. 

Wikipedia changed its Facebook profile picture and added a "We Miss Turkey" banner. The widely popular website also added the following statement:
"What would you do if you woke up and couldn’t access Wikipedia? This happened in Turkey nearly 10 months ago. The 80 million people of Turkey were suddenly blocked from reading or contributing to Wikipedia. "

Wikipedia's executive director Katherine Maher tweeted:

The website promised to share Turkey facts all week long on its Facebook page. Wikipedia also encouraged its followers to ask about Turkish culture using the hashtag #WeMissTurkey and offered a unique frame for their profile pictures with "We Miss Turkey" banners.

The site was banned in Turkey in all languages in April 2017, because of an article that described the country as a state sponsor of Islamic State (ISIS) and al Qaeda. All Wikipedia articles are written collaboratively, and the company says that they do not ban items, but inform the editorial community of problems should they arise.

Wikipedia had said traffic to its Turkish-language output had dropped by 80 percent since the ban.