REPORTER: Twitter and its dedicated army of users may be getting the last laugh -staging a "digital coup" after Turkey's prime minister - a heavy Twitter user himself - blocked the social media site. The Twitter ban came ahead of bitterly contested elections. Tech-savvy Turks - including the country's own President - quickly found a workaround, with a little help from Twitter itself. Mashable's Lance Ulanoff.
LANCE ULANOFF, EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND CHIEF CORRESPONDENT, MASHABLE: "The really fascinating thing now what they are doing is they are spray painting on walls the DNS changes you need to make to re-access Twitter. I mean that is how the public has changed. That is how tech-savvy people have become."
REPORTER: The hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey among the top trending hashtags in the world. The ban came after Twitter ignored requests to remove content related to a political scandal. But while this incident likely won't impact Twitter's bottom line, it's not the first time politics has gotten in the way of social media - and some countries, like China, are more effective in their bans.
LANCE ULANOFF, EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND CHIEF CORRESPONDENT, MASHABLE: "It is a big risk. Certainly because the biggest markets for the social media networks are the developing nations, are the nations where they haven't really built a stronghold or gotten a foothold or - in the U.S. they are saturated, so they are looking outside the U.S. to really grow."
REPORTER: Those risks are no secret to investors says S&P Capital IQ's Scott Kessler.
SCOTT KESSLER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GLOBAL EQUITY RESEARCH, S&P CAPITAL IQ: "These companies, to a large extent, highlight pretty extensively in the context of public SEC filings that there are risks related to countries and governments that choose to not make these offerings available in a broad sense or in a selective sense. And the fact is that really we don't see these as very impactful to these companies or their businesses."
REPORTER: Twitter says it hopes official service in Turkey can be restored soon.