1) In this day and age shutting down Twitter wholesale is simply a silly and undemocratic move. Information can not be blocked and will find its way around anyway. Like many people I am against it.
2) There is a blatant violation of personal rights of people by fabricated phone-tapes. You take it to the court and court decides that these are illegal, and ask the service provider (in this case Twitter) to take down those specific twits. They don't comply. What do you do?
Say there's a link for a fabricated phone conversation of Obama betraying the country disseminated using Twitter. The administration take it to the court and win the legal battle. Could Twitter afford not to comply? Can this happen?
This is the gist of the problem people are having over there.
And if only it was legal...
But come on, "They are as good as those that blocked Twitter in Turkey." is harsh to say the
few things about it:
1) some of the people involved accepted the authenticity of these recordings(some directly, some logically)
2) the recordings that were denied being authentic were investigated by audio forensic experts and they reported that these are real.
3) the pro-government media tried to scam US based audio studios to get reports to falsify these recordings. for an example, the mainstream pro-akp media used a report by Kaleidoscope Sound which was later denied by the studio. You can read their public statement here: https://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopeSound
4) Other evidence brought to light by the opposition party supports the authenticity of these recordings.
5) These recordings are part of the legal prosecution.
Though there were some recordings that were made illegally, the fact that the ruling party actively blocked the legal prosecution lives no choice for the public to learn about the accusations from the whistleblower.
If the legal process was not blocked it would have been better to wait for the outcome of the prosecution, but in this case we don't have choice.
Again I am against the blockage. However we need try to understand what could have pushed the Turkish Courts to take such grave measures.
this is what Turkish people are dealing with.