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Access to Twitter was restored in Turkey late Wednesday after network restrictions left people in the country unable to use the site, according to Internet monitoring site NetBlocks.

The service was temporarily blocked in the country, and a senior government official said he was trying to reverse what he called “disinformation” surrounding the devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people.

NetBlocks said on Twitter on Wednesday that its network data showed that access to the platform was restored “after several hours of filtering”.

Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, tweeted the company was “informed by the Turkish government that access will be restored shortly.”

Twitter was blocked for many Turks on Wednesday after a series of earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria on Monday. The earthquakes, nine hours apart and measuring 7.8 in Turkey and 7.5 in Syria, were the strongest in the region in nearly a century.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the affected region on Wednesday. Turkish police reportedly arrested five people and detained 18 for spreading “provocative messages.”

Twitter was restricted “using SNI filtering to the major ISPs TTNet and Turkcell, and then to other operators, with aggregate reach statistics collected from an initial set of 40 review points,” NetBlocks said in a statement on Wednesday.

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This can be circumvented by using virtual private networks, or VPNs, tools that encrypt and redirect traffic to remote servers elsewhere in the world to mask a user’s Internet activity, according to NetBlocks.

Internet restrictions have led to protests by Turkey’s political opposition and activists, Reuters reports.

This comes after John Hughes and Director of Public Policy in Turkey Ronan Costello met with government officials on Wednesday.

During a video conference, Twitter and the Turkish government discussed disinformation, fake accounts and naturalistic images posted during the earthquake, according to Omer Fatih Sayan, deputy director of the department of transport and infrastructure.

“We are reminded of Twitter’s responsibility to our country during this devastating disaster,” Sayan tweeted.

Some Turks have reported that they cannot use Twitter without installing a VPN. Murat Yildiz, a lawyer from Istanbul, tweeted: “Internet and Twitter are banned in Turkey. We can’t log in without a VPN.”

Government officials said they were working to combat misinformation online in the wake of the earthquake.

The opposition criticized Erdogan’s government for its response to the earthquake, which killed thousands of people.

Proton, a leading VPN provider, reported a 30,000% increase in hourly registrations to its service from its average on Wednesday.

The number of people logging on to the service peaked in the hundreds of thousands, Proton said, 10 times the country’s normal baseline.

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