Instagram and Twitter accounts belonging to several international drinks brands have been blocked or restricted in Turkey, according to user complaints emerging yesterday now independently verified by the Turkey Blocks monitoring project.

Popular Irish dry stout Guinness is amongst the blocked brands

Affected brands include Heineken, Jack Daniels, Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Absolut Vodka and Yeni Raki, the traditional Turkish aniseed liquor, amongst many others.

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