The White House on Friday said they were “deeply concerned” by the Turkish government's move to block access in their country to Twitter and urged them to lift the ban.

“The United States is deeply concerned that the Turkish government has blocked its citizens’ access to basic communication tools,” said the White House in a statement.

“We oppose this restriction on the Turkish people’s access to information, which undermines their ability to exercise freedoms of expression and association and runs contrary to the principles of open governance that are critical to democratic governance and the universal rights that the United States stands for around the world,” they added.

The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began blocking the popular social media site on Thursday.

The Turkish leader vowed to “eradicate Twitter” after opposition members used the platform to share information about alleged government corruption ahead of March 30 elections.

Twitter on Thursday responded to the shutdown by telling Turkish users how to continue to tweet using text messages.

The White House said the U.S. had “conveyed our serious concern” to the Turkish government.

They urged authorities there to “respect the freedom of the press by permitting the independent and unfettered operation of media of all kinds and support the people of Turkey in their calls to restore full access to the blocked technologies.”